Arsenal fans are tipping 18-year-old Emile Smith-Rowe as a future star after he made his debut from the bench on Thursday night in the Gunners’s 4-2 Europa League victory over Vorskla.
Smith-Rowe replaced Alex Iwobi in the 70th minute of the match and immediately made his presence felt. The youngster went on a couple of smooth runs and provided some energetic interplay in his time on the pitch.
The teenager joined Arsenal in 2010 at the age of only ten and has been coming through the ranks, playing for the u-23’s since 2016. Following a successful pre-season tour with the Arsenal squad, where he provided an assist for Alexandre Lacazette in Arsenal’s 5-1 win over PSG, Smith-Rowe signed a long-term deal at the Emirates under manager Unai Emery.
He forms part of a fresh blood of young talent that the Gunners currently have in their midst, with other players like Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah all sitting well for a bright future at the club.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions by Arsenal fans after Smith-Rowe’s debut:
You were simply superb yesterday?
— Famsey (@famsey007) September 21, 2018
Give that kid another 5 year contract
— Gooner Simon 🇷🇼 (@GaluweroIII) September 21, 2018
Emile Smith-Rowe is an exciting player to watch.
I am looking forward to seeing his contribution to the team, he has all the abilities to make the cut in the first team at anytime #afc
— brighten (@u_bhekani) September 21, 2018
He is an engine room, he can play everywhere
— tmag (@Tmag49613552) September 21, 2018
He played well and he is encouraging
— John BenjaminMugisha (@benjmugi256) September 21, 2018
Hope you get a start against Brentford Emile! Big talent.
— Screen Name Jame (@JamesJamesAF) September 21, 2018
Gonna be a legend 🤩
— Gooner4ever (@JanKre2) September 21, 2018
— Arsenal India 🇮🇳 (@ArsenalIndians) September 21, 2018