By Alex McLeish

23rd Sep, 2022 | 8:59am

Arsenal have 'next Jack Grealish' in their ranks amid club 'statement' - expert

Ethan Nwaneri has been compared to Jack Grealish after he made his Arsenal debut last weekend.

That’s according to former Rangers and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Gunners’ newest young star.

Nwaneri made his Premier League debut on Sunday (18 September) as a late substitute in a 3-0 win at Brentford, becoming the youngest player to ever play in the competition aged 15 years and 181 days old.

According to The Times‘ Gary Jacob (19 September), Liverpool and Man City are keeping tabs on the teenage sensation, who is yet to sign a scholarship at the Emirates.

He has been offered a deal by Arsenal as they look to tie him down before he can sign a professional deal at the age of 17.

When asked if he was surprised to see clubs like Liverpool and Man City interested in Nwaneri, McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild, “It’s a statement.

Click below for exclusive transfer news

“Arsenal made a statement about the good young players they have. To have a young guy coming through, I had Jack Grealish on my bench, funnily enough against Arsenal, when I was at Villa and I think he was 15 and a half.

“A real veteran. I was never quite able to get him into the fray. It’s great to see, the faith Arteta has given, it has given the platform to a lot of young players.

“Fans identify with that. Arteta has come through this period where critics were on his back and for him to get to this level where they are top of the league with guys like Saka playing at a much better level and he is able to give these debuts, and they could have the next Grealish. Great stuff.”

Arsenal are next in action against Tottenham on 1 October.

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has claimed Liverpool are set to benefit from a major change after journalist’s reveal.