Jack Wilshere became the youngest player to represent Arsenal in League football when he came off the bench on Saturday at Blackburn.

The midfielder was 16 years 256 days when he replaced Robin van Persie in the 81st minute at Ewood Park.

This broke the Premiership record set by Cesc Fabregas (17 years, 103 days at Everton in 2004) and the League best by Gerry Ward (16 years 321 days, Huddersfield T (h) in 1953). 

However the Spaniard remains the youngest player to represent the club. 

Fabregas made his debut in a Carling Cup tie against Rotherham in 2003 when he was 16 years 177 days.

See below for the latest list of age records at Arsenal Football Club

Appearances

Overall
Cesc Fabregas (16 years 177 days, Lge Cup(3) Rotherham Utd (h) 28 Oct 2003)

In League
Jack Wilshere (16 years 256 days, Blackburn (a) 13 Sept 2008)

In Premiership 
Jack Wilshere (16 years 256 days, Blackburn (a) 13 Sept 2008)

In Europe
Theo Walcott (17 years 129 days Dinamo Zagreb (h) UCL 3 QF 23 August 2006)

In FA Cup
Stewart Robson (17 years 57 days v Tottenham (a) FAC3 2 Jan 1982 lost 0-1)

Goalscoring

Youngest AFC goalscorer overall
Cesc Fabregas (16 years 212 days v Wolves (h) (Lge Cup) 2 Dec 2003 won 5-1)

Youngest AFC goalscorer in League
Cesc Fabregas (17 years 113 days v Blackburn R (h) (Lge) 25 Aug won 3-0)

Youngest AFC goalscorer in Europe
Cesc Fabregas (17 years 217 days v Rosenborg (h) (UCL Grp Stge) 7 Dec 2004 won 5-1)

 

 

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