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Jeorge Bird: Mikel Arteta to pick talented Young Gun into the first team soon.

Jeorge Bird: Mikel Arteta to pick talented Young Gun into the first team soon.

Young Guns win 5-4 on penalties in the EFL Trophy game between Swindon Town and Arsenal U21 to earn a bonus point.

Tuesday night’s pening EFL Trophy group game saw the Arsenal U21s draw 2-2 at Swindon Town before winning on penalties to earn a bonus point.

Ethan Nwaneri has had an outstanding start to the season for the U21s, catching the eye against West Ham United and then scoring a hat-trick against Leicester City.

The highly regarded midfielder followed that up by performing admirably against Swindon while gaining more crucial experience.

The ball was played into Charles Sagoe Jr.’s path by Nwaneri, giving him a taste of his talent very early on. Sagoe scored but was adjudged to be offside.

Particularly in the first half, Nwaneri was playing very similarly to how he has in U21 League games. He displayed good strength, appeared cool in possession, and played slick passes, including one delightful switch to find James Sweet.

The England youth international may have lost some steam as the game went on, but there is no denying his talent. He also showed courage by converting a great penalty in the shootout.

Even though Swindon fielded a young team of their own, Nwaneri was still able to learn from the experience, and the upcoming games against Exeter and Reading will also present him with obstacles that will help him advance overall.

With a deft pass in the 11th minute, Nwaneri assisted Lino Sousa in scoring, and he also created difficulties for Swindon in a number of other situations.

It is difficult to contest the idea that he is the most talented player on this Arsenal U21 team, or at the very least one of those with the greatest potential, despite the fact that he is the team’s youngest player.

Nwaneri participated in the EFL Trophy during the previous campaign, but he is now a much more well-rounded player and is showing more consistency.

Nwaneri dominated against Leicester while Mikel Arteta was present, and the Arsenal manager will also receive compliments on the player’s performance tonight.

Nwaneri might have to wait to add to his record-breaking debut against Brentford last season because Arsenal has a sizable first-team roster.

Nwaneri must, however, be a contender to play if Arsenal, for instance, plays a lower league team in the Carabao Cup.

Even though he is 16 years old, he has advanced to the point where he is getting harder to ignore.

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