Arsenal schoolboy substitute born in 2007 is younger than the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal fans are losing their minds after realising that 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri – named on the bench against Brentford on Sunday – is actually younger than the Emirates Stadium.

Nwaneri, who was born in 2007, was promoted to first-team training this week having made his debut for the club's U21s at the start of September. But few would have expected the youngster to earn a spot in Mikel Arteta's matchday squad quite so soon, even with the likes of Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe missing through injury.

But Arteta clearly rates the schoolboy extremely highly after handing him a surprise spot in the 20-man squad for the trip across west London to face Brentford.

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Born in March 2007, it didn't take long for Gunners fans to realise that Nwaneri is even younger than the club's Emirates Stadium base, which was opened in July 2006.

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One fan wrote: "I’m getting old Ethan Nwaneri wasn't born when The Emirates opened." As someone else said: "Wow. Ethan’s younger than the Emirates Stadium!" A third person added: "Ethan Nwaneri, aged 15, traveling with the Arsenal squad today to face Brentford.. This guy was born after the Emirates was built. Madness."

Others made their own hilarious comparisons. One commented: "Ethan Nwaneri, 15, Born in 2007 is younger than Pixar’s Cars." Another mused: "If Ethan Nwaneri makes his debut today he would become the first Premier League player who is younger than LCD Sound System's transcendent sophomore album Sound of Silver."

The 15-year-old will become the youngest player ever to make a Premier League appearance if he gets on the pitch at the Brentford Community Stadium. He will also become the youngest player in Arsenal's history.

An attacking midfielder by trade, Nwaneri has four goals in four assists in four games for the Gunners' U18's and U21s this term. He is also an England U16s international, having turned out for the Three Lions aged just 14.


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