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Liverpool could repeat transfer trick and beat Man City to record-breaking Arsenal ‘wonderkid’

Liverpool has a track record of bringing through youngsters as proven by the rise of Stefan Bajčetić and Harvey Elliott which could prove attractive for one Arsenal starlet.


The willingness of Jürgen Klopp to give youth a chance has been evident this season with two midfield youngsters particularly impressing for Liverpool during an otherwise disappointing season. One Arsenal midfield starlet may be the perfect addition as the Reds look to continue this trend.


Gunners prospect Ethan Nwaneri made headlines earlier this season after making a substitute appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side against Brentford, at the tender age of just 15 years and 181 days, becoming the youngest-ever player to feature in the Premier League in the process. Of course, Harvey Elliott previously held this record, and perhaps the diminutive midfielder will look favorably at the former Fulham wonderkid’s rise following his move to Anfield and see a well-trodden path to regular first-team action.

The England U17 international has been with Arsenal’s academy since the age of nine and is earmarked as a potential star of the future, having made 21 appearances for the club across various age groups already this season. Alongside making his debut for the first team, the emerging attacking prospect has contributed eight goal involvements in total — four goals and four assists.


The now-16-year-old has shown the tactical nous to be able to play a variety of offensive positions this season, playing primarily as an attacking midfielder in addition to being comfortable as a winger and as a second-striker, and was named among ‘the 50 best wonderkids in football’ by earlier this week. Given his progress and potential availability, it will not come as a surprise that a host of clubs are reportedly ready to battle it out with Liverpool for the youngster’s signature, with Manchester City and Chelsea also harboring an interest in his services, according to a Football London reporter.

Of course, Arsenal will be desperate to keep the starlet, who has been described by former midfielder and current U-18s manager Jack Wilshere as ‘unplayable’, but the attacker is yet to commit his professional future to the club. Speaking on The Gooner Talk YouTube channel, Football London’s Tom Canton said: “We still don’t know if the youngster will be committing his future to Arsenal. Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and a number of other clubs are all interested in the youngster who became the youngest Premier League player ever against Brentford in that game earlier this season.”

Ethan Nwaneri has already broken a Premier League record and could be of interest to a host of sides if he decides to not sign a professional contract with Arsenal

Ethan Nwaneri has already broken a Premier League record and could be of interest to a host of sides including Liverpool if he decides to not sign a professional contract with Arsenal (Image: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

He added: “Arsenal has done everything they can to try and keep Ethan Nwaneri at the club by giving him opportunities. Arsenal has done everything but if there are better offers from elsewhere there is very little Arsenal can do and they can only hope he’ll keep faith in the team that has given him these opportunities and development throughout his younger years.”


The prodigy has not played again for Arsenal’s first team after making his debut back in September, but has still made a major impression with his performances for the club’s youth teams in the time since. Speaking after the promising forward bagged a brace in the space of just nine minutes for Arsenal U18s in their 3-3 draw against Manchester United in the U18 Premier League Cup in November, the aforementioned Wilshere waxed lyrical about the starlet’s talents. He said: “He was very good. He was unplayable at times. He had a few good moments.”


Wilshere also namechecked Nwaneri as being capable of ‘doing things you can’t coach’, speaking to the Athletic after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cambridge United in the quarter-finals of FA Youth Cup in February, adding ‘that’s why [he’s] at Arsenal’. However, with the prospect unable to sign a professional contract until he turns 17, there could well be an opportunity for clubs including Liverpool to steal him away from Arsenal’s clutches, with the teenager able to sign scholarship forms with another club after turning 16 this month.


The Gunners wonderkid only needs to look at the likes of Stefan Bajčetić and Harvey Elliott to see that a route to regular first-team football at an elite club can be found at Liverpool. Perhaps a move to Merseyside could help this Premier League record-breaker take the next step in his career.



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