Nigerian eligible striker Ethan Chidiebere Nwaneri scored as Arsenal thrashed Reading 6-1 in the English Premier League U18 match on Tuesday.

The debutant banged the goal for Arsenal in the 88th minute.

He lasted full duration at the Arsenal Youth Academy (Walthamstow, London).

Nwaneri, 14, has been described as excellent technically and a good dribbler while also possessing an impressive tactical understanding of the game.

This season, he has featured heavily for the U15s and despite his age he is one of the standout players for the U16s.

Nwaneri becomes eligible to sign a scholarship deal at Arsenal before the start of the 2022-2023 season.

Arsenal have already lost the services of another promising midfielder of Nigerian descent in Bayo Fapetu, who has agreed a scholarship deal with Derby County for next season.

Manchester United and Chelsea have both frequently expressed interest in Nwaneri, with Arsenal facing a fight to keep the player on the long term.


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