Who is Warren Zaire-Emery? PSG's youngest ever debutant attracting interest from Arsenal
Warren Zaire-Emery became Paris Saint-Germain's youngest ever debutant on the opening day of the season, but what else is there to know about the nascent midfielder?
PSG have a track record of producing prodigious talents, from Nicolas Anelka back in the 1990s to Kingsley Coman in the modern day.
Coman, a serial champion with Juventus and Bayern Munich since leaving Paris in 2014, was previously PSG's youngest player, but he has since been usurped, Zaire-Emery's debut in their 5-0 win over Clermont coming just five months after his 16th birthday.
The son of former journeyman striker Franck Emery, the young Warren's career trajectory looks set to climb significantly higher than his father's did…
The connection between @kimpembe_3 & Warren Zaïre-Emery 💪🏾❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/I4amMqwlEB— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 6, 2022
What position does Zaire-Emery play in?
Zaire-Emery is a central midfielder who does his best work with the game in front of him. His ability to break up play and then progress it with a carry or a pass is like a cross between Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong.
How good is Zaire-Emery?
Anyone who makes their debut for PSG at the age of 16 years, four months 40 days is a promising player, and Zaire-Emery already looks like he belongs in top-flight football.
"The term phenomenon applies to Warren," says l'Equipe journalist Loic Tanzi. "If you watch one of his matches without knowing his age, it would be impossible to know that he's the youngest player on the pitch."
He shone at the U-17 European Championships in 2022 as France won the competition on penalties, scoring two goals during their run to the final. He was also a key member of PSG's UEFA Youth League side in the 2021/22 season, despite being up to four years younger than many of his opponents.
Furthermore, he was handed his first ever Ligue 1 start during PSG's away trip to Stade Rennais in January 2023, at just 16 years of age, which shows the talent he has. He also made his Champions League debut earlier this campaign and became the youngest player to ever start in the knockout stages of the competition against Bayern Munich, aged 16 years and 343 days.
What clubs are interested in Zaire-Emery?
Lorient - this season's surprise package in France - have previously expressed an interest in taking Zaire-Emery on loan, but in the longer-term, Real Madrid and Barcelona are understood to be monitoring his progress.
For the latter, stealing Zaire-Emery could represent some sweet revenge following Xavi Simons move from Barcelona to PSG in 2019.
Furthermore, Arsenal have reportedly entered the race to sign Zaire-Emery, according to RMC. However, it's understood that it's unlikely the Frenchman will leave PSG.
When does Zaire-Emery's contract expire?
Zaire-Emery's current deal with PSG runs until 30 June 2025. He only signed his first professional contract last July, so the aforementioned interested clubs might have to wait.
How old is Zaire-Emery?
Born on 8 March 2006, Zaire-Emery is still just 16 at the time of writing.
What is Zaire-Emery's Instagram?
Warren Zaire-Emery's Instagram has 171K followers as of January 2023.