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'Spot on': Spurs cult hero Mido responds to what he's heard about Arsenal boss Arteta
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'Spot on': Spurs cult hero Mido responds to what he's heard about Arsenal boss Arteta

Tottenham Hotspur cult hero Mido has agreed with criticism of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for playing Ethan Nwaneri against Brentford.

The Gunners manager brought the 15-year-old off the bench in the latter stages of the 3-0 win in west London.

Nwaneri became the youngest player to ever feature in the English top flight thanks to his cameo appearance.

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Arteta’s decision led to plenty of debate from pundits and journalists.

For example,’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts appeared to praise the Gunners boss’ call.

“I don’t blame Arsenal for that (playing Nwaneri), I don’t blame Arteta for that,” he said on his YouTube channel.

“If there are clubs sniffing around then you’ve got the opportunity to play and say ‘look we’re already putting you in the first team… you want to stay?’”

Meanwhile, talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy launched into a scathing criticism of Arteta on the radio station.

“Arteta doesn’t care about the boy,” he said, as transcribed by Metro.

“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.

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“I think it’s irresponsible. What’s Arteta going to do next week? Pick a 14-year-old? I’m deadly serious here.”

And Mido, who played for Spurs between 2005 and 2007, replied to the talkSPORT video on Twitter: “Spot on.”

Not that many Arsenal fans will be bothered about what a former Tottenham player (or indeed any pundits) might say, but it shows how many people have an opinion on the matter.

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