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    Danny Murphy has slammed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for handing Ethan Nwaneri a debut at the age of 15.

    Murphy told TalkSport: “I’m not convinced it’s the best move for a young player, I’m really not. I have seen superstars come on the scene at a young age and thrive and go on and carry on.

    “But there’s also been a lot who have fallen by the wayside. I think it was a little bit… he’s obviously a super talent, obviously doing well in training, impressing everybody.

    “But surely they’ve got other 18, 19, 20-year-olds who are probably further ahead in their development who could have gone on the bench. I think it’s probably trying to keep a young superstar happy a little bit, which is what managers do, I get that.

    “But I would be more concerned with sometimes what that can do, because you can elevate a 15, 16, 17-year-old sometimes to a position that becomes very difficult for them to cope with mentally, because they’re already becoming a superstar.

    “I imagine his Insta went up by about 300,000 in a day and things like this. People might laugh at this and say stop being cynical and skeptical, but very few players at 17 – never mind 15 – burst onto the Premier League scene and do what Rooney and Michael Owen did”


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