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'What am I hearing here?': Campbell fuming over what's been said about Arsenal boss Arteta
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'What am I hearing here?': Campbell fuming over what's been said about Arsenal boss Arteta

Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell has defender Mikel Arteta following criticism from talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy.

The Gunners manager made the decision to bring 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri on in Arsenal’s last Premier League game.

Nwaneri became the youngest ever player to feature in the English top flight with his late cameo in the win over Brentford.

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

For example, Goal.com’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, Cundy launched into a scathing criticism of Arteta on talkSPORT.

“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.

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

“Of course he cares”

Campbell was not impressed at all by Cundy’s comments.

The Highbury Squad pundit took to Twitter to criticise the talkSPORT man.

While Nwaneri’s Arsenal appearance isn’t a guaranteed of a successful career, it shows the youngster that the pathway to the first team is certainly open to him.

Watts’ take on the situation makes sense. Nwaneri is too young to even sign schoolboy forms, but having taken to the pitch in a Premier League game, it may well convince him to stay on.

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