Emile Smith-Rowe is the name on every Arsenal fan’s lips after the teenager bagged his first goal at the Emirates Stadium and his second for the first team in a 2-1 victory over Blackpool in the Carabao Cup.
Croydon born Smith-Rowe has been in the youth system at Arsenal since 2010 and, upon breaking through to the first team squad this season, his first competitive appearance came in the Europa League against Vorskla Poltava where he was brought on for Alex Iwobi. Since, the 6 foot attacking midfielder has taken only 198 minutes to score his first two goals in red and white and is looking like the real deal.
In an interview with Goal, the 18-year-old said that he aspires to be of a similar mould to Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, but some Gunners fans are drawing different comparisons. With Aaron Ramsey set to depart in the summer as his contract runs down, have Arsenal got a budding replacement waiting in the wings?
Here’s how the Arsenal faithful reacted to the young star’s performance and his potential in the side.
Smith Rowe has just scored with Ozil’s bounce technique. Tears in my eyes.
— Lacazettes (@Lacazettes) October 31, 2018
Reiss Nelson and Smith Rowe – Arsenal’s next Robert Pires and Dennis B! ?
— AceGooner14 (@aarsh14) 1 November 2018
Legend in the making. Stay fit and healthy and you will make a GIANT name for yourself within 3 seasons! Already a budding legend to me.
— Jared Olson (@jaredolson) 1 November 2018
Golden boy rises again
— Kay (@nutmegiwobi) 31 October 2018
Smith Rowe In.
— ♚ Kris ☆♚ (@Santi_Classorla) 31 October 2018
ESR is what KDB think he is
— Nithin N (@Fabinthin04) 31 October 2018
Ramsey’s replacement ❤️
— Faraz Hussain (@SmsWalaFaraz) 31 October 2018