​Arsenal have reportedly announced their interest in 15-year-old sensation Ethan Ampadu after the youngster made his full senior debut for League 2 side Exeter City.

The youngster, who is the son of of Arsenal academy coach Kwame Ampadu, became the youngest ever player to make his debut for the club in an EFL cup match when he started at centre-back against Brentford, beating that of a former Arsenal legend and player Cliff Bastin, who until 1997 was also the club's leading goal scorer.


Speaking to BBC Radio Devon, via ​goal.com, Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale had nothing but praise for the Welsh U17 international: "The biggest compliment I can give him is that he plays like a 35-year-old."


"That's not normally the English way - we like drama, we like spark. But we don't often encourage and cultivate subtle, classy players, and he's one of those."


"He finished school and he came straight in to train with the first team."

Ampadu, who is eligible to play for England, Ghana and Ireland at international level, is likely to be brought into the Arsenal system through the connections his father has with the club, who is a former midfielder for both Arsenal and Exeter City.


The youngster was only allowed to play in the game because it was the summer holidays however, and Ampadu still has a year of schooling and GCSE's to complete before signing any footballing contract.


Nonetheless, the Gunners are extremely keen to have him brought up in their own system as a bright talent for the future, however they appear to face tough competition from several other Premier League sides, including their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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