“He needs to take it.” Arteta sends a message to Arsenal teenager

Mikel Arteta has encouraged Ethan Nwaneri to seize the opportunity after signing his first professional contract at the Emirates.

The teenager still holds the record as the youngest player ever to appear for the Gunners in the Premier League and appears to be on the verge of a permanent promotion to the first team.

Although Nwaneri currently remains with the youth teams, he regularly trains with the senior squad.

Having secured his first professional contract with the club, he will be eager to maximise his playing time at the Emirates.

The Gunners are taking a patient approach to his development, confident that when the time is right, he will earn a place in the first team and feature regularly.

While speaking about the youngster, Arteta said, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

‘I was really happy [for Nwaneri signing a professional contract]. 

‘He had a great day, he had all his family and important people around him.

‘A really proud moment to see another academy graduate signing his pro contract. He is very close to the first team. The opportunity is there, now he needs to take it.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

Nwaneri is a generational talent, and he is lucky to be at a club like Arsenal, which values player development and has several prodigies who are meeting expectations.

They will help him grow and keep him level-headed all along the way until he reaches his full potential.


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  1. That’s what i love about Arteta he gives our prodigies a chance to prove themselves wud love more than to see him put Nwaneri and Patino in that first team yet the latter is the perfect Xhaka replacement for me dunno about yall guys opinions.Whats your take on this

  2. I congratulate Ethanol Nwaneri. On his signing his first professional contract at Arsenal. Arteta can’t be more kinder to him than this big chance that he has given him.

    1. Ethanol? lol

      That wd be a good name for Gazza or Georgie Best.

      Hey. You’re late for training again, ethanol boy.

  3. I’ve not seen enough of Nathan to really form an opinion, but if others are to be believed he’s a mix of Bergkamp & Wilshere (our last ‘generational talent’), and I hope he can handle, and more importantly, live up to peoples very high expectations.
    Welcome to the Pros Nathan.

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