As a 15-year-old, I was too consumed by the formation of oxbow lakes, Roman history, and FIFA Career Mode that I had very little time to become the youngest player to ever appear in the Premier League. It just wasn’t feasible.
Arsenal youngster Ethan Nwaneri, however, is cut from a different cloth.
Buoyant Gooners in the away stand were quick to humble the Year 11 student as he strode onto the Brentford Community Stadium turf in added time to make a little bit of history. “SCHOOL IN THE MORNING, HE’S GOT SCHOOL IN THE MORNING!” the fans chanted but the thought of Period 1 maths on Tuesday (the Queen’s funeral meant there was no school on Monday) was surely the last thing on young Nwaneri’s mind.
The 15-year-old has made huge strides at a youth level for the Gunners, but he’s a player that even the most ardent of Arsenal supporters aren’t too familiar with.
Everything you need to know about Arsenal record-breaker Ethan Nwaneri
So, in this piece, we’ll try to build a profile of the Premier League record-breaker. Here’s everything you need to know about 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri.
Bright in the classroom
The need for young footballers to have a backup career plan should their footballing exploits not pan out is imperative. Fortunately for Nwaneri, though, he’s more than handy in the academic sphere.
To attend his secondary school (St John’s Preparatory and Senior School in Enfield, north London), Nwaneri had to take an entrance exam but he passed with flying colours, scoring 98%. Nwaneri’s parents, meanwhile, expect him to return impressive GCSE results next summer.
Nevertheless, it was Nwaneri’s footballing ability that got him a scholarship at the well-regarded St John’s and during the trials, the then ten-year-old was forced to leave the field to ensure the other kids were given a fair shot such was Nwaneri’s superiority. He was a cut above the rest.
“We could not evaluate any other player while Ethan dominated,” Alexander Tardios, the St John’s headmaster, says.
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