In a time where Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah regularly feature for Arsenal it is easy to forget about the players who are yet to break into the first-team. Ethan Nwaneri is the main headline-grabber from the current crop of Gunners youngsters.
That makes sense considering he became the youngest player to feature in Premier League history — coming off the bench last season during a 3-0 win over Brentford aged just 15 years and 23 days old. Nwaneri impressed again on Wednesday afternoon as Arsenal Under-19s took on PSV Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League.
The talented playmaker broke the deadlock at Meadow Park with a clinical finish into the bottom corner. Ultimately, Mehmet Ali’s side lost the game 2-1 but a couple of youngsters, including Nwaneri, still stood out for the north London outfit.
Perhaps the best player on the day was central midfielder Myles Lewis-Skelly, who is six months Nwaneri’s senior. Lewis-Skelly is eerily similar to former Tottenham Hotspur star Mousa Dembele in playing style.
Like Demeble, his strongest asset is his ability to carry the ball. He eats up yards with his long, purposeful strides, evading the opposition press with ease by protecting the ball like a mother with a newborn baby.
It's easy to overlook the fact that the Hale End starlet is still only 16, he has plenty of time to grow but he already has the physical tools to thrive in the men’s game, just ask Arsenal Under-18s manager Jack Wilshere. When speaking about Lewis-Skelly being utilised as a left-back at time last season: Wilshere said: «I thnk it's important for him.
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