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Fabrizio Romano reveals Gunners star rejected three offers to remain at Arsenal

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that exciting Arsenal star rejected three proposals from Premier League clubs to stay in north London

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Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Arsenal emerging talent Ethan Nwaneri, rejected three lucrative offers from rival clubs to sign his first professional contract with the club. 

Nwaneri is one of the most promising talents emerging from the Arsenal academy in recent times. At the age of 15, he etched his name into Gunners’ folklore by becoming the youngest debutant in the club’s history.

Now aged 17, Nwaneri’s meteoric rise has not gone unnoticed, with Chelsea and Manchester City expressing interest in securing his services. However, the allure of committing his future to Arsenal proved irresistible for the young prodigy.

In reflecting on his decision, Nwaneri expressed unwavering certainty, emphasising the familial bond and sense of belonging he experiences within the Arsenal ranks. I didn’t have to think about it – this is my family and it feels like home here!”

“I’m delighted to have finally got to this stage after all the hard work over so many years. It’s a proud moment for me and my family to finally be here, so I’m happy and ready to keep working.

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“It was the dream to get to this stage. I’ve always thought about when this day would come and I’ve been looking forward to it, so I’m happy it’s finally here.”

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Arsenal youngster Ethan Nwaneri (Image credit: Getty Images)

Arsenal have seen a change in fortune since Mikel Arteta took over in December 2019. Currently top of the Premier League and in the Champions League quarter-finals, the Emirates has become a fortress that players are eager to call home.

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Central to Arsenal’s rejuvenation is their flourishing academy, which continues to churn out prodigious talents like Bukayo Saka and others. The emergence of such stars from within negates the need for exorbitant transfer fees, exemplifying the astute investment in youth development at Hale End.

Ethan Nwaneri, the prodigious teenager who shattered records by becoming the youngest Premier League debutant last season, symbolises Arsenal’s commitment to nurturing homegrown talent. Despite tempting overtures from Manchester City and other suitors, Nwaneri’s allegiance remains unwavering, signalling a paradigm shift in Arsenal’s retention strategy.

Romano confirmed that Nwaneri rejected three different clubs to stay at Arsenal. “Ethan Nwaneri has turned down three important proposals to stay at Arsenal and sign his first pro deal. Arsenal completed perfect move as it was key for the club to keep their gem,” he posted on X.

Critics have often chastised Arsenal’s mishandling of contract negotiations, leading to the departure of key players or inflated wage bills. However, under the stewardship of figures like Edu Gaspar, Mikel Arteta, and academy head Per Mertesacker, the club has turned a corner, securing the futures of both established stars and burgeoning talents alike.

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