Granit Xhaka hails Ethan Nwaneri as a very, very special talent’

Ethan Nwaneri has been labelled as a “very, very special” by Granit Xhaka who wants Arsenal to protect the 15 year old.

The ‘Nigerian’s’ historic Premier League cameo against Brentford at the weekend ensured he broke the record set by Fulham’s Harvey Elliot as the yoiungest player to play in the Premier League.

“We have to check the passport first! I am joking. To have a guy who is 15 and is nearly 15 years younger than me,” Xhaka told reporters after the game.

“He looks old when I see him, but the club can be proud of a player like him. He has a big future. I am doing my coaching licence and I have trained the under-16s.

“You can see a big difference with him and the other guys. He is very, very special. You have to protect him as he is very young but if he keeps going like this with

his hard work he has a big, big future.

“It’s not only me that feels old. I spoke with one Brentford guy and I told him this guy was 15 and he looked at me and said: ‘F*** me, we are looking old! When you

have 15 years difference you think ‘OK, the time is not gone but it is on the way’. But we are enjoying him, he is enjoying us as he has the quality.”

Nwaneri – an England Under-17 international still eligible to play for Nigeria- has registered one goal and two assists in three Under-18 Premier League appearances this term and made his debut for the Under-21s against Blackburn Rovers on September 3, claiming another assist in that 4-1 win.

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