Not many players can boast a Premier League debut against Manchester United - but that's what Nico Yennaris earned himself in January.

Replacing Johan Djourou as a half-time substitute against the champions at Emirates Stadium may have seemed daunting - but the England Under-19 international stuck admirably to his difficult task against Nani.

The versatile utility man was used at right back during Arsenal's full-back crisis over Christmas, starting his first match against Bolton in the Carling Cup before playing an hour of the FA Cup win against Leeds.

Nico's form attracted the interest of League One outfit Notts County in March, but sadly his time at Meadow Lane was cut short through illness after just two starts. 

From just nine appearances in the development teams last season to vital first-team experiences this time around, the 2011/12 season goes down as one to remember for Nico.

SOUNDBITE
“I’ve always believed that what you put in is what you get out. One of the coaches here once said to me that if you’re going to fail, do so through your ability and not your work rate. I’ve stuck by that and thought that if it’s not going to be, it can’t be because I haven’t tried. I’ve always been focused and worked very hard to give myself the best opportunity of succeeding."

FINEST MOMENT
An Arsenal league debut against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium takes some beating and Nico got forward on the right flank as Arsène Wenger's team came on strong in the second half.

nico yennaris 2011/12 SEASON STATS
Appearances Goals
Premier League +1 -
FA Cup +1 -
Carling Cup 1 -
League One (Notts County) 2 -
Premier Reserve League 16+1 1
Total 19+3 1
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