Liverpool, Man United in Transfer Battle for Arsenal Midfielder

Liverpool, Man United in Transfer Battle for Arsenal Midfielder

  • Ethan Nwaneri shot to fame on Sunday after he became the youngest footballer to play in the Premier League
  • The youngster's historic Premier League appearance came during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium
  • It is understood that Man United and Liverpool are already keeping a close eye on the 15-year-old and could make a move for him
  • Nwaneri has previously been turning out for Arsenal's U18 and U21 teams, where he has scored once and assisted three times

Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly in a transfer battle for Arsenal youngster Ethan Nwaneri.

Nwaneri recently inked his name in history books after he became the youngest footballer to play in the Premier League.

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Ethan Nwaneri in action during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Arsenal FC at Brentford Community Stadium. Photo by David Price.
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At just 15 years of age, the budding midfielder made his bow in the English top-flight as a substitute during Arsenal's 3-0 thrilling win over Brentford.

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The youngster came on for Fabio Vieira in stoppage time at Brentford Community Stadium in a move that saw him shatter Harvey Elliott's record as the youngest player to take part in an EPL match.

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Man United, Liverpool interested in Ethan Nwaneri

And barely days after the historic appearance, Man United and Liverpool are said to be keeping tabs on the attacking midfielder.

It is understood that Arsenal's decision to fast-track Nwaneri's breakthrough into the first-team squad could be a ploy to fend off the interest he is already courting.

According to Sportskeeda, it now remains to be seen if the Gunners can fight off interest and keep the youngster.

Nwaneri, who has previously turned out for Arsenal's U18 and U21, has already earned comparison with Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.

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Mikel Arteta reveals why he handed Ethan Nwaneri EPL debut

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Mikel Arteta has opened up on his decision to hand Ethan Nwaneri a Premier League debut.

According to Arteta, he liked the lad when he joined the first team training following good reviews from the academy coaches as well as the club’s director of football, Edu.

“It was a pure gut feeling. I met the boy (and) really liked what I saw. Per Mertesacker and the academy staff are giving me really good information, Edu as well," Arteta divulged.

Source: Sports Brief News