Emile Smith Rowe is Arsenal’s future and he showed why with a scintillating performance against Aston Villa.
Smith Rowe netted a goal and an assist in his man of the match in the 3-1 win at the Emirates – by far the Gunners’ best performance of the season so far.
The 21-year-old is bleeding Arsenal and that emotion and passion for the club has poured out.
A poignant performance against Aston Villa, who made a bold £ 30million bid to sign him this summer.
He overtook Emi Buendia in the opposing team, who turned down a transfer to Arsenal in favor of the Midlands club.
Smith Rowe has created more chances than anyone on the court and had phenomenal stats.
Smith Rowe’s stats vs Aston Villa
17 third last rounds completed (most)
4 chances created (most)
4 keys in op. box
4 ball recoveries
4 duels won
He was rewarded with a goal in the second half and started kissing the badge in front of Arsenal fans – he doesn’t want to leave the club anytime soon.
Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “If Arsenal want me for the rest of my career then I’m going to stay here forever. It’s always difficult [to stay at one club for your career], but for me personally, I would like to be here forever.
This will be great news for the club as he has been sensational on the pitch and he, along with players like Bukayo Saka, have been the bright spots of this otherwise trying time.
He was by far the best player on the pitch and Jamie Carragher called him a “delight” to watch and the best player in the Premier League with the ball at his feet.
Speaking to Carragher and Gary Neville after the game, he said: “I worked hard in training. I didn’t think they were going to give it to me, but the most important today are the three points.
“I’m happy not only with the finish but also with the set pieces. I worked on my crossing because we don’t have a lot of set pieces with the right foot.
Smith Rowe found himself left of a four front, but wasn’t worried about where Mikel Arteta is playing him.
He added: “I don’t really mind. Playing in the left pocket is good for me, I can go up the turn around and dribble forward.
“It’s a pleasure to play on this team with these players. Anywhere the manager wants me to play, I will.
Smith Rowe’s performance will give Arteta hope that things are going in the right direction now.
The club are undefeated in their last six Premier League games and rank ninth.
Although they have played one more game, they are tied with Manchester United and only one point away from fourth place.
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