By Gabriel Agbonlahor

23rd Sep, 2022 | 4:00pm

Agbonlahor lambasts Mikel Arteta after record-breaking Arsenal development - 'It will go down in history'

Gabby Agbonlahor has questioned Mikel Arteta’s decision to hand Ethan Nwaneri his Arsenal debut.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker suggested Arteta’s ego got the better of him and Nwaneri will likely not feature in the Premier League again this season.

The midfielder became the youngest player in Premier League history at 15 years and 181 days old when he was introduced as a late substitute in the 3-0 win over Brentford last weekend (18 September).

Arteta told club media after the game that he had a “feeling” Nwaneri was ready to make his senior bow but he could not quite explain why.

“For me, I thought it was quite strange,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I’m all up for young players getting a chance but you want to see it for the right reasons, you want them to have earnt their chance to play Premier League football.

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“Sometimes managers can do it for the sake of ‘I want to be the manager who has played the youngest ever player, it will go down in history’.

“Really, there were other options he could have brought on from the bench who probably deserved to get on. Don’t bring on someone for the sake of it.

“It’s like Rushian Hepburn-Murphy at Villa, he was ready for his debut. He didn’t get his chance just because Tim Sherwood wanted to play a young player.

“It’s very strange and it wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t play again in the Premier League all season.”

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