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Danny Murphy criticises Arteta over decision on Arsenal midfielder, Nwaneri


Former Liverpool star, Danny Murphy, has criticised Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s decision to bring on 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri during the Gunners’ Premier League 3-0 victory over Brentford last weekend.

Murphy believes Arteta made the wrong decision by bringing on Nwaneri during the tie against Brentford, adding that the Spaniard should have brought in youngsters who are two or three years older than the midfielder.

Nwaneri became the youngest Premier League player in history, breaking the record previously set by Harvey Elliott after coming off the bench in injury time against Brentford.

But Murphy says Nwaneri is a ‘super talent’ but has questioned Arteta’s decision to include the player in his first-team squad and bring him on against Brentford.

I’m not convinced it is the best move for a young player, I’m really not,” Murphy told talkSPORT when asked about Nwaneri’s involvement against Brentford on Sunday.

“I have seen superstars come on the scene at a young age and thrive and go on and carry on, but there have also been a lot who have fallen by the wayside.

“He is obviously a super-talent, doing well in training and impressing everybody, but surely they have got other 18, 19 and 20-year-olds who are further ahead in their development who could have gone on the bench.

“I think Arteta is probably trying to keep a young superstar happy, but I’m not sure about it.”

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