Arsenal youngster praised for his performance in win over Brighton

Emile Smith Rowe was another of Arsenal’s top performers as they beat Brighton 1-0 at the Amex.

He had been a surprising starter in Arsenal’s last league game against Chelsea, and he kept his place in the side.

The Gunners have missed the presence of a number 10 in their team for much of this season, and there have even been talks of them signing a new playmaker next month.

Mikel Arteta has experimented with different players, but the gamble on Smith Rowe seems to be paying off.

The young Englishman was in top form for the Gunners last night, and Express Sports have hailed his performance.

In a game that didn’t really have something to get excited about in the first half, he was one of the bright sparks as he drove through the Seagulls defence and took on players.

The article praised him for his ability to draw out defenders and create space for his teammates.

An excerpt reads: “When it comes to Smith Rowe, he brings far more than that to this Arsenal team.

“He has an engine and his ability to drive with the ball pulls the opposition defence out of joint, creating huge space for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“Arteta appears to have given Smith Rowe plenty of freedom and that was again evident tonight. He was drifting all over the pitch and taking up positions in half spaces, drawing fouls.

“Lewis Dunk and Alireza Jahanbakhsh were both booked for stopping him in his tracks and that appeared to be the only way Brighton could contain him at full speed.

“Smith Rowe is slowly but surely proving to be yet another unique and maverick talent, who with the right coaching, is a frightening prospect.”

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  1. ESR, Saka and Martinelli skills are phenomenal. However, we shouldn’t place the total burden of the final third on these young lad. I think they should be having a maximum of 70 minutes in a high intensive and tempo games, such as the derby on boxing day.

  2. Why are we talking of protecting and limiting these kids ? Yes , they are young, but they have man-bodies and man-strenght, they are young, they recuperate and replenish quicker than those in the mid to late twenties, just free the youths, place the trust in them,let them build confidence and experience ……. just asked anyone of them if they want to be rested, their answer, no doubt, would be obvious

  3. ESR is the real deal and he deserves his shot but, we have alot more potential in our academy, example Migual Azeez, Bolugan, John Jules, Joel Lopez, Daniel Ballard, Nelson, Saliba just to mention a few, they are all 19 years old to the exception of Ballard and Nelson, we need to intergrate these youngsters into the 1st team, Arsenal’s owner won’t spend 70+ per transfer window, so we need to nurture and develop our own future stars. As an example if Saka, Rowe and Martinelli continue their upward trend they would approximately be 23 in 4 years time with a massive sell on value to date none of our current experienced senior stars have big sell on values, this is one aspect of our club that have to change.

        1. The same one Ken that signed Schillachi, Mustafi, Xhaka, Santos, etc etc etc etc etc …………………….

  4. I like ESR so much, even in his face he looks like a talented footballer. I can select basing only on his appearance

  5. I absolutely love the player but he has done nothing to empress as yet. Game time yes starter no. He’s working hard so far but to become arsenals #10 you have to be special. Saka way ahead.

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