Is Smith-Rowe set be Arsenal's greatest ever youngster?

  • Tom Grant
  • Updated: November 7, 2021, 17:58 CET
  • 3 min read
Emile Smith-Rowe, Arsenal, 2021-22

As the ball broke for Emile Smith Rowe on Sunday afternoon, the young Arsenal star only had one thought on his mind.

And as his right-footed strike found the back of the net, he sprinted in celebration towards the adoring Emirates crowd feasting on their admiration.

Smith Rowe became just the fourth Arsenal player 21 or younger to score in three successive Premier League games.

The only three players to achieve this feat before him were Nicolas Anelka, Jose Antonio Reyes and Cesc Fabregas.

It puts the attacking midfield players name amongst some Arsenal greats as his value grows with each passing fixture.

Smith Rowe's Arsenal form this season

That's now five goals in eight games for Smith Rowe and he has been an instrumental part in Arsenal's resurgence this season after a poor start.

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Arsenal now sit fifth in the table in an astonishing turnaround that saw them bottom of the table after three games with no goals in the for column.

Fans called for manager Mikel Arteta's sacking but victories over arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur and away at Leicester City eased that pressure.

Smith Rowe failed to make Gareth Southgate's England squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers but is undoubtedly knocking on the international door.

England chances

If he continues to score goals and put in man of the match performances for the Gunners, it won't be long before Southgate can no longer ignore the young Arsenal wonderkid.

It's hard to place exactly where Arsenal are at the moment but if they continue to win football matches and push for a European spot, they may just hold on to Smith-Rowe in the summer.

But it remains to be seen if Arteta's side has just taken advantage of a kind run of fixtures.

Already this season they have been well beaten by title challengers Chelsea and Manchester City and come up against an in-form Liverpool in their next fixture.

There's no doubt the big boys of the Premier League will be keeping an eye on Smith Rowe for the rest of the season and enquiries will be made next summer if he continues this rich vein of form.