Arsenal backed to hold onto record-breaking midfielder
Frank McAveney insists Arsenal need to pay to keep a young talent like Nwaneri.
exclusive speech football insiderThe former West Ham striker says the Emirates are currently the most attractive club for youngsters.
Nwaneri, 15, made his Premier League debut in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Brentford in September, becoming the youngest player in the club’s history when he was substituted in the last minute of the game.
The midfielder has scored seven goals and provided five assists in 18 appearances for Arsenal’s Under-18s.
according to telegraph (March 13), Nwaneri has attracted considerable interest from some of the club’s Premier League rivals, including Manchester City and Chelsea.
The teenager cannot sign a professional contract until he is 17, but Mikel Arteta’s side want to keep him at the club until then.
Asked how important it is for a team like Arsenal to retain young talent, McCavney told Football Insider: “Arteta is all about giving kids a chance, and I think it’s a great way to do it.
“They have to play with other experienced players.he [Nwaneri] Will look at the players who come off the team and think ‘they’re young, I want to play with them’.
“If you go somewhere else, where are you going to play? He won’t be walking into a Premier League team.
“If they think he’s worth a lot of money, they have to pay him what it’s worth to keep him and guarantee that he’ll get on the team and get a chance. But it could also just be his agent saying everyone is after him.“
In other news, Arsenal have made a “huge” new bid for the Brighton star, according to sources.