Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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.

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