Serge Gnabry became Arsenal’s second-youngest Premier League scorer at 18 years and 76 days old with his opener in the 2-1 win at Swansea and we’re looking at a few other players who bagged a league strike before they reached their 20th birthday.
Cesc Fabregas – 17 years and 113 days old
The only player to score a Premier League goal at a younger age than Gnabry for the Gooners has since been lost to La Liga champions Barcelona, but the midfielder was the toast of north London after scoring the first of his 57 goals for the club against Blackburn nine years ago.
Fabregas struck eight minutes after Thierry Henry’s opener, with the ball going in off the Spaniard’s knee following a Gilberto header and compatriot Jose Antonio Reyes sealed a 3-0 win that set a then all-time record of 43 matches unbeaten in the league.
Wayne Rooney – 16 years and 360 days
Another Arsenal unbeaten run was brought to an end by a young lad from Croxteth when Wayne Rooney – who has three league goals so far this season for Man Utd and is 14/1 to be top Premier League goalscorer – announced himself to the football world with an absolute pearler past David Seaman in Everton’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park back in 2002.
At the time Rooney was the youngest player to score a goal in Premier League history, but James Milner would beat his mark two months later with a goal for Leeds before another Everton forward reclaimed the record for the Merseysiders a few years later.
James Vaughan – 16 years and 270 days
Vaughan has not lived up to his early promise and now plies his trade for Huddersfield in the Championship, but back in 2005 Everton thought they had another Rooney on their hands.
The super-quick Birmingham native put the icing on the cake against Crystal Palace on his debut with Everton’s fourth goal in a 4-0 win and is still the youngest Premier League goalscorer.
Aaron Lennon – 18 years and 336 days
Lennon had already got on the scoresheet in the Championship for Leeds at the tender age of 16, but had to wait a while for his first top-flight goal after his move from Yorkshire to Spurs.
The winger put away a Jermain Defoe cross with his left foot at St Andrews, with Robbie Keane rounding off proceedings in a 2-0 win in 2006.
Raheem Sterling – 17 years and 316 days
The most recent teenage goal-getter on this list fired home the winner to give his club Liverpool their first win at Anfield of the 2012/13 season last October.
That goal made Sterling the second-youngest Premier League scorer for the Reds behind Michael Owen, who was 172 days younger when he found the net against Wimbledon in 1997.