Jack Wilshere hails ‘unplayable’ Arsenal youngster Ethan Nwaneri after scoring nine-minute brace

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Jack Wilshere hails ‘unplayable’ Arsenal youngster Ethan Nwaneri after 15-year-old wonderkid bagged nine-minute brace against Man United for Gunners’ U18s

  • Jack Wilshere has praised Arsenal academy star Ethan Nwaneri as ‘unplayable’
  • The 15-year-old scored twice in nine minutes in a 3-3 draw against Man United 
  • The midfielder scored twice in nine minutes with two excellent finishes 
  • Nwaneri broke records this year becoming the youngest player in PL history 

Jack Wilshere has hailed Arsenal midfielder Ethan Nwaneri as ‘unplayable’ as the 15-year-old continues to impress in the Gunners’ academy.

The promising young midfielder helped Wilshere’s U18 side rescue a 3-3 draw against Manchester United on Saturday, scoring a brace of goals to help his team come back from going a goal down in the U18 Premier League Cup. 

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The midfielder made history earlier this season during a 3-0 win at Brentford, becoming the youngest player to appear in a Premier League match at 15 years and 181 days.

Jack Wilshere has hailed young Arsenal star Ethan Nwaneri (right) saying he is ‘unplayable’

Nwaneri (pictured) scored twice in Arsenal U18s 3-3 Premier League Cup draw vs Man United

Nwaneri (pictured) scored twice in Arsenal U18s 3-3 Premier League Cup draw vs Man United 

Wilshere undoubtedly knows quality talent when he sees it, having risen through the ranks at London Colney to make his first senior debut for the Gunners when he was a mere 16-years-old, which at the time, made him the club’s youngest ever player. 

And after the match, Wilshere took time to praise his young midfielder, noting how much quality he possesses.

Wilshere (pictured) who is in charge of the U18s lumped praise on young star's performance

Wilshere (pictured) who is in charge of the U18s lumped praise on young star’s performance

Before Cesc Fabregas, Wilshere had held the record of being Arsenal's youngest players

Before Cesc Fabregas, Wilshere had held the record of being Arsenal’s youngest players 

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‘In the first half, he tried to find the spaces, playing in people’s backs and creating space for himself, and we couldn’t find him a little bit,’ Wilshere said. 

‘In the second half, he was very good. He was unplayable at times. He had a few good moments. In the second half a lot of players stepped up a level, we found some more space.

Nwaneri (left) made his Premier League debut earlier this season vs Brentford at 15-years-old

Nwaneri (left) made his Premier League debut earlier this season vs Brentford at 15-years-old

‘We spoke to them a little bit at halftime about a few tactical things which allowed Ethan to get free. We had a really good balance in the team and Ethan was good in the second half.’

Arsenal went a goal down in the opening 10 minutes, but soon levelled, with captain Bradley Ibrahim scoring from the spot.

A neat finish from Nwaneri, saw the Gunners take a 2-1 lead away from home, and soon after getting his first, he was back to drive home another powerful strike, less than 10 minutes later. 

The young midfielder has a bright future ahead of him in the Arsenal and England set ups

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The young midfielder has a bright future ahead of him in the Arsenal and England set ups

While United rescued a last minute equaliser to halve the spoils, it’s clear that the young midfielder is quickly becoming a hot prospect in the Arsenal ranks, following in the footsteps of his coach, who went on to make 198 appearances for the club. 

Nwaneri has been getting a lot of experience with different age groups in the Arsenal academy having featured in the Premier League 2, EFL Cup while scoring two goals for Arsenal U18s this season.

The midfielder is also progressing above his age in the England youth set-up having now earnt six caps for the England U17 side, scoring three goals for Ryan Garry’s young Lions. 

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