Arsenal sealed their status as winners of Group E in the Europa League as they strolled to a 3-0 win over Vorksla Poltava on Thursday night, with Unai Emery’s young Gunners showing extraordinary quality to match the extraordinary circumstances in which the game was played – the match was relocated to Kiev due to off-the-field controversy in Ukraine.
While all of the youth talents deployed by Emery, at the very least, held their own, Emile Smith-Rowe stood out as he opened the scoring by pouncing on a loose ball and firing into an empty net.
The 18-year-old completed two key passes and was also more than handy on the back foot as he completed two tackles and three interceptions (WhoScored) on a freezing night in Ukraine.
The future certainly looks bright for Arsenal and the Emirates faithful on Twitter were full of praise for the winger, with some suggesting that he replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Alex Iwobi in the regular starting XI.
Quality from Emile Smith Rowe tonight. He looks ready to be getting minutes more regularly and should be prioritised over Mkhitaryan in the pecking order based on future potential.
— Luciano ⭐ (@sldn315) November 29, 2018
Keep up the graft bro you’re smashing it #COYG
— Jordan Wood (@JordanWoodAFC) 30 November 2018
You were immense! Should’ve been given that 2nd goal. Huge potential in you Emile. Keep it up. ??⚪
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) 29 November 2018
Going to be hearing that name a lot more. Remember that name! A very talented player!!
— Unai Emery's Red Army (@FootballFanCOYG) November 29, 2018
Anyone that thinks emile smith rowe is not better iwobi doesnt no anything about football or is nigerian. Smith rowe should be starting ahead of iwobi, i thought the same about nelson. Smith rowe and r nelson are better than iwobi.
— Dr Bob ??????? (@R262769) 29 November 2018
This kid is insane
— Ricky (@HarisonRamon) 29 November 2018