Arsenal have a very young team at the moment, but none of our current players make the list of the youngest ones to ever play for the club.
The Gunners have always been a club who give opportunities to young players. Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are the biggest examples at the moment, and it’s only a matter of time before a few others jump into the first-team squad.
Almost every Arsenal fan knows that Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere are our youngest ever players. However, there are a few others on our youngest players list who may surprise you. Have a look!
Youngest ever Arsenal players
Cesc Fabregas: 16 years 05 months 24 days
The Spaniard is one of the most skilful players to ever don the Arsenal shirt. He is our youngest ever player having made his debut when he was just 16 years, 05 months and 24 days old against Rotherham United in the League Cup in October 2003.
Jack Wilshere: 16 years 08 months 12 days
Arsene Wenger handed the Englishman his debut in September 2008 to make him our second-youngest player. He came off the bench in the 84th minute to replace Robin van Persie in our 4-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League.
Jermaine Pennant: 16 years 10 months 15 days
The Englishman made his debut for Arsenal in November 1999. He came off the bench in the 73rd minute to help us beat Middlesbrough 5-2 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 in normal time. Pennant became our youngest ever player then, but he’s third on the list now.
Paul Vaessen: 16 years 11 months 11 days
Vaessen only played 12 games for Arsenal and he managed to score two goals. The English attacker made his debut in September 1978 to become our youngest ever player then. He has dropped down a few places now.
Ryan Smith: 16 years 11 months 18 days
A lot was expected of Smith when he came through the ranks at Arsenal. He made his debut in October 2003 against Rotherham United, the same game as Fabregas. Sadly, one went on to become one of the best in the world, while the other left Highbury after playing just six games.
Gedion Zelalem: 16 years 11 months 29 days
Remember him? The American was expected by everyone to be the next big thing at Arsenal. He made his debut in our 4-0 League Cup win over Coventry City in January 2014. He only made three more appearances for the club before leaving in 2019 after a bunch of underwhelming loan spells.