“Poor decision” and “ridiculous”, this is how Jason Cundy describe Mikel Arteta’s decision to play 15-year old kid, Ethan Nwaneri against Brentford. He think Arteta is “self-indulgent”. He thinks its irrensponsible to bring 15 year old kid to play in Premier League. Cundy thinks Arteta thinks only for himself.
“Arteta doesn’t care about the boy. I think that’s a really poor decision. It’s about Arteta all about Arteta. The manager that played the youngest ever player in the Premier League is me. I think that’s self-indulgent. When I saw the kid on the bench I thought that was great for him. What a brilliant experience for the kid. But when I saw him warming up I thought this is ridiculous. This has got nothing to do with the kid this is all about Arteta, all about him, look what I’ve done. Time will tell. He came on and he hardly touched the ball. He came on with seconds to go. This is about him making an appearance, nothing to do with the performance. Why didn’t he bring him on with 10 or 15 minutes to go? There’s other players on that bench that could have come on. It’s the wrong decision because he’s still a kid. There’s pressure mounting already. From everything I’ve heard he’s going to be a superstar but putting him on at 15 does nothing to help his career.I think it’s irresponsible. What’s Arteta going to do next week? Pick a 14-year-old”, says Cundy.