Arsenal grant record-breaking contract to Hale End graduate who rejected Man City

  • Ethan Nwaneri is the youngest player to ever play in the Premier League
  • He is still yet to sign his first professional contract
  • Arsenal offer him a record-breaking deal to deter Man City

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Hale End is the home of Arsenal's elite academy and it has produced some exceptional young players in recent years. Thinking back to the likes of Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson, these are all products of the elite facilities which North London has to offer.

One player who has the ambition to follow in Bukayo Saka's footsteps is Ethan Nwaneri. The record-breaking youngest player to ever play in the Premier League is tipped to have a bright future and he is still just 16 years old. When he turns 17 years old towards the end of March, Nwaneri is due to make a decision on his future and sign his first professional contract.

Arsenal grant record-breaking contract to Hale End graduate who rejected Man City

According to Football Insider, Ethan Nwaneri will sign his first professional contract with Arsenal, despite interest from Man City and Chelsea. It is believed that the tabled offer will be the highest salary Arsenal have ever given to an academy player and the deal is thought to be "substantial."

This goes to show the intent which everybody involved with Arsenal has in regard to Ethan Nwaneri. He is an exceptionally versatile player who has impressed in their academy and, at times, the first team. During his few substitute appearances over the last couple of seasons, Arsenal fans have been shown first-hand how silky Nwaneri is with the ball at his feet as he has played his way out of some sticky situations on the pitch.

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Nwaneri has already featured for Arsenal this season in the Premier League when he was introduced to the 6-0 thumping over West Ham United away from home. Although he only played 13 minutes, Nwaneri made some promising bursts and carried himself well for a 16-year-old playing in a physically demanding game.

What's even more impressive is that Nwaneri made his first-team Arsenal debut last season, when he was introduced as a sub against Brentford, ageing just 15 years old.

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