Premier League DONE DEAL: Ethan Nwaneri signs first Arsenal professional contract

Nigeria prospect Ethan Nwaneri has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal.

“Our England youth international joined us in May 2015 and has developed through our academy, being a vital player in all our age categories ever since,” Arsenal confirmed in a statement on their official website.

The 17-year-old midfielder has made 14 appearances in all competitions across the academy this season, scoring 14 goals in the process. Ethan has also continued his development into first-team football this season, featuring as a substitute in Arsenal’s 6-0 Premier League victory at West Ham United in February 2024.

He made history in September 2022 when aged 15 years and 181 days he became the youngest player to ever feature in an English top-flight match, and the youngest player ever to represent the men’s first-team when he came on in our 3-0 win at Brentford.

Academy Manager Per Mertesacker said: “We are extremely proud of Ethan and his journey, from pre-academy to Hale End, then a seamless transition to Sobha Realty Training Centre and then making his first team debut. Ethan’s journey now continues, and we will all be there alongside him to support his development.

“Ethan has a strong ability to master the ball, dominate possession and is really effective in the final third, which fits into our playing style at Arsenal. He is someone that will thrive on and off the pitch as a Strong Young Gunner and we look forward to working with him during his ongoing development in the years to come.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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