“It was a pure gut feeling. I met the boy. I really liked what I saw,” Arteta said.
“Per [Metesacker] in the academy was giving me good feelings. Ethan has trained with us a couple of times and then I had the feeling from yesterday that if the opportunity could come I was going to do it.”
The Spaniard, speaking in his post-match press conference, said he told Nwaneri: “Congratulations and to enjoy it.”
Arsenal beat Brentford 3-0 thanks to goals by Williams Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira. The North Londoners are top of the Premier League heading into the September international break, having won six of their seven matches so far.