​Arsenal midfielder Xhaka recalls Brenford shock at Nwaneri age – 'F*** me, we are looking old!'

Arsenal midfielder Xhaka predicts ‘big, big future’ for Nwaneri (bottom set)

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has heaped praise on youngster Ethan Nwaneri.

At only 15 years and 181 days old, the teenager was the youngest Premier League player in history when he came on during their 3-0 win against Brentford at the weekend.

Nwaneri, who played the last couple of minutes of the game, is also the youngest player to represent the Arsenal first-team in the club’s history.

Asked about Nwaneri’s qualities, Xhaka said: “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.

“He looks old when I see him but the club can be proud of a player like him. I spoke with one Brentford guy and told him this guy was 15. He looked at me and said: “F*** me, we are looking old!”.

“But we are enjoying him, he is enjoying us as he has the quality. 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.”