Arsène Wenger believes Nico Yennaris will forge a fine career for himself.

The 18-year-old made his Premier League debut against Manchester United last weekend, replacing Johan Djourou at half time in the 2-1 defeat.

Yennaris earned plaudits for his second-half display against the champions and Wenger says it was a sign of things to come.

“He did very well,” the manager told the Official Matchday Programme. “I like Nico because he has 100 per cent focus, good physical qualities, good intelligence, good reading of the game and personality.

“He is a guy who, believe me, will make a big career. He has what it takes to be always better, his whole career will improve because he has the mental abilities of somebody who is suited to the top level.

“He is a midfielder. To come on as a right back against Nani, who is one of the top players in the league, and produce the kind of performance he produced is absolutely outstanding.”

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