Arsenal’s 56 Premier League teenagers

Joe Willick made his Premier League debut for Arsenal on Sunday in their 2-1 loss at Newcastle United.  The 18-year-old became only the fourth player born after Arsène Wenger took charge of the club to feature in the competition.

The England under-19 international spent more time defending than he did attacking from midfield during the 68 minutes he was on the pitch.

Willock has actually featured five teams in the UEFA Europa League (3 starts), once in the FA Cup and three times in the EFL Cup (1 start) for the Gunners this season, before being handed an opportunity in the greatest league in the world.

The youngster became the 56th teenager to represent Arsenal during the Premier League era – more than any other club.  A full list of those players, ordered by youngest at the top, is as follows:

Player Age at Debut
Jack Wilshere 16y, 8m
Serge Gnabry 17y, 3m
Cesc Fàbregas 17y, 3m
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 17y, 3m
Gavin McGowan 17y, 3m
Theo Walcott 17y, 5m
Aaron Ramsey 17y, 8m
Chuba Akpom 17y, 11m
Alex Song 18y
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 18y
Nicolas Anelka 18y
Reiss Nelson 18y, 1m
Graham Barrett 18y, 1m
Ian Selley 18y, 2m
Stephen Hughes 18y, 3m
Paolo Vernazza 18y, 3m
Gaël Clichy 18y, 3m
Justin Hoyte 18y, 5m
Gavin Hoyte 18y, 5m
Armand Traoré 18y, 5m
Mark Randall 18y, 7m
Joe Willock 18y, 7m
Nico Yennaris 18y, 7m
David Grondin 18y, 8m
Arturo Lupoli 18y, 8m
Matthew Upson 18y, 8m
Eddie Nketiah 18y, 9m
Denilson 18y, 10m
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie 18y, 10m
Ignasi Miquel 18y, 10m
Kerrea Gilbert 18y, 10m
Jérémie Aliadière 18y, 10m
Johan Djourou 18y, 11m
Fran Mérida 18y, 11m
Craig Eastmond 19y
Kieran Gibbs 19y, 4m
Ashley Cole 19y, 4m
Ray Parlour 19y, 5m
Alex Iwobi 19y, 5m
Carlos Vela 19y, 6m
Carl Jenkinson 19y, 6m
Rhys Weston 19y, 6m
Calum Chambers 19y, 6m
Nicklas Bendtner 19y, 6m
Henri Lansbury 19y, 6m
Héctor Bellerín 19y, 6m
Emmanuel Frimpong 19y, 7m
Ryan Garry 19y, 7m
Isaiah Rankin 19y, 7m
Jermaine Pennant 19y, 7m
David Bentley 19y, 8m
Abou Diaby 19y, 8m
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 19y, 9m
John Hartson 19y, 9m
Philippe Senderos 19y, 10m
Mark Flatts 19y, 11m