Arsenal v Newcastle: Match in pictures
Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has what it takes to make it to the top, according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Smith Rowe once again shone for Arsenal in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday. The 20-year-old laid on a fine assist for fellow academy graduate Bukayo Saka for the Gunners’ second goal.
Smith Rowe has registered three assists in five Premier League appearances this season and has also scored two goals in a handful of outings in cup competitions.
Neville believes the midfielder is more mature than other players his age and reckons he could have made it into some of the more successful Arsenal teams under legendary former manager Arsene Wenger,
Neville said on Sky Sports: “You watch Emile Smith Rowe play, you watch a lot of young players play particularly in the attacking area and they’re frantic.
“Their choices are usually a bit erratic, they don’t normally get it right.
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“He runs with the ball, he moves with the ball, he glides with the ball and he’s always at a point whereby you feel he can release it.
“The real best players travel with the ball but they are always in the position where they can release it. He’s connected, he’s switched on, he’s clever.
“[Wenger] had brilliant players, like [Robert] Pires and others that traveled with the ball brilliantly and were so clever and intelligent.
“He could have played in the old Arsenal teams the way in which he plays.
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“And he’s only played six games. Six games is unbelievable. He looks so experienced.”
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was full of praise for Smith Rowe before and after the Newcastle victory.
The pundit compared him to Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
“I really like him,” Carragher said.
“When you play with players like that who always make the right decision, it’s not about getting the ball, it’s about giving the ball early. That’s what really impressed me tonight.
“He has the ball on the end of his toe there, almost Jack Grealish-like, where you feel he can release the ball at any moment. He can beat a man and run with the ball.
“He beats the man but also has the composure to think, ‘yeah, where am I going to deliver?’. Honestly, (it was) brilliant from him.”
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