Thursday, December 2, 2010

2 December 2003 - It's About The Easiest One He'll Ever Score, Too

On 2 December 2003, midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored a late goal in Arsenal's 5-1 romp over Wolves in the League Cup. At 16 years and 212 days old, he became the youngest person to score for Arsenal in a first-team match.

Fabregas had signed with the Gunners the previous September. By October, he had already set a club record when he played against Rotherham United in a League Cup match, becoming the youngest player to make a first-team appearance for Arsenal.

The match against Wolves was only his second appearance for the club. Played at Highbury before a crowd of 28,161, the hosts went up 4-0 with goals from Jeremie Aliadiere (24', 71'), Nwankwo Kanu (68'), and Sylvain Wiltord (79') before Wolverhampton midfielder Alex Rae pulled one back with a powerful goal in the 80th minute. But the 88th-minute tap-in from Fabregas restored the cushion for the final score.

It was his only goal of the season, and one of only three appearances for Arsenal that year. He has since gone on to score a total of 53 goals in 280 appearances and has captained the side since November 2008.

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