Arsenal youngster named as one to watch this season

Emile Smith Rowe has been earmarked as one to watch by Alan Smith.

The Sky Sports pundit has been impressed by the 20 year-old’s recent performances, and has been pleased to see him finally getting his chance in the first-team.

ESR has started in both of our two matches since Christmas Day, the wins over both Chelsea and Brighton, and has adapted quickly.

Prior to his involvement, the team had been struggling for wins, struggling for goals, and all-round lacking something in the final third, but the team has been much-improved since. I’m not saying he is solely down to our improvements however, as Gabriel Martinelli has also been refreshing to watch this week, but he’s certainly a boost to our side.

Alan Smith now admits that he has been hearing great things from the training ground on young Emile for some time, as well as impressing on loan with RB Leipzig and Huddersfield previously, and believes he is one to watch this term.

Smith told Sky Sports: “I’m a big fan of Emile Smith Rowe. He’s come into the Arsenal first team in the last few games and I’d heard people within Arsenal saying what a good player they thought he was and he had a real chance.

“He’s done his stints on loan at Leipzig and Huddersfield which will have toughened him up and you can see he’s a strong player and he has got that creative bent that Arsenal need.

“He’ll play a big part from now until the end of the season and help Arsenal up the table. He’s got a really good attitude and wants to do well and improve. He’s got lots of talent.”

Has ESR already done enough to command a regular place in the team? Is there fear that he could be benched by a new signing this month?


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  1. It’s not just that ESR is good (which he absolutely is!), it’s his playing style – fits the team like a glove and was sorely missing. He knits the team together and helps the others to play to their abilities.

    1. He is a wonderful player and I hope he will get an injury free run to establish himself. I’m scared of big Sam’s physical game though.

    2. Since his inclusion our front runners are suddenly running off the ball which says to me that they expect to receive a pass. Which is good to see.

    1. If you’re talking about Ozil, you’re joking if you think he contributes what ESR does. First sign of competition and MO surrenders the ball and doesn’t do much to get it back, beyond the bare minimum. Unfortunately hard work is not a part of Ozil’s playing style. I’ll be glad to see the back of this unbelievably passive, luxury player.

  2. At Davi
    Ok thought you were talking about Smith-Rowe because he’s at the moment nowhere near ready.
    Mate your just showing your dislike for Mesut.
    Try comparing Smith-Rowe career to ozil at same age.

    1. Ah ok – sorry got the wrong idea
      You’re right that it’s early to get too excited. I stand by what I said about ESR based on what he’s done so far this season in 2 proper games and 2 or 3 in the Europa League – I believe he will get better but if he just continues playing the same for the rest of the season, he’s already a very good player.

      Doesn’t matter how good Ozil used to be (again, apologies, wish I hadn’t brought him into it), he doesn’t deserve a place in the team now.

  3. At Davi
    Yep love the player Smith-Rowe but he needs time and I would add a proper football manager.
    However am still with Arteta except that I know arsenal is way bigger than waiting for a rookie to come good.
    Anyhow best of luck to Smith-Rowe.

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