Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest ever Premier League player aged 15 years and 181 days as the Gunners thrashed Brentford 3-0 to return to the top of the table.
Mikel Arteta’s side saw their winning start ended by defeat at Manchester United in their previous league match, but they responded in emphatic fashion to move a point clear of Manchester City and Tottenham.
Mikel Arteta sent on the schoolboy midfielder in the closing moments with his side leading 3-0.
Arsenal’s travelling fans greeted Nwaneri’s appearance by singing: “He’s going to school in the morning.” according to BBC Sport report.
Arsenal were the better side from the moment William Saliba header into the lead after 17 minutes, and the winning margin could have been even greater.
Gabriel Jesus added a second with a well-taken header before Fabio Vieira – on his first start in the Premier League – crashed home a third in the second half.
Ethan Nwaneri came on as a late substitute to make history as our youngest ever player – aged just 15 – as Arsenal went back to the top of the league in fine style.
Arsenal had started the weekend top of the table but dropped to third after Manchester City and Tottenham won on Saturday.
This win, however, put the Gunners on 18 points, one more than their nearest rivals before their next match against Spurs in the north London derby at Emirates Stadium on 1 October (12:30 BST).
Below are the highlights of Arsenal’s victory over Brentford at Gtech Community Stadium:
Key Opta Facts
– This was Brentford’s heaviest home defeat in the top flight since May 1947, when they lost to Blackburn Rovers by the same 3-0 scoreline.
– Arsenal have won more Premier League games than any other team so far this season (six). For the Gunners, it is just the third time they have won as many as six of their first seven games of a Premier League campaign
– previously doing so in 2004-05 and 2007-08 under Arsene Wenger (both six).
– Brentford have suffered consecutive league defeats against Arsenal for the first time ever (2-1 in February and 3-0 here)
– indeed, this is as many defeats as they had in their first 11 league meetings with the Gunners combined (W6 D3 L2).
– Arsenal have won each of their last three London derby games in the Premier League, all of which have come during their first seven games this term (v Crystal Palace, Fulham and Brentford).
This is the first time they have won three such games in a row since February-March 2015, with wins over Crystal Palace, QPR and West Ham.