Emile Smith Rowe has singled out teammate Alexandre Lacazette for praise after starring in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday night. Smith Rowe provided an assist as the Gunners blew the Magpies away with three goals in the second half at the Emirates Stadium.
The victory was Arsenal’s second in nine days against Newcastle, who have now gone nine matches without a win across all competitions.
For Arsenal it was a different picture, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke his three-game goalless streak in the Premier League with two strikes and Bukayo Saka netted once again.
The victory was Arsenal’s fourth in their last five league games, while they have also kept five successive clean sheets across all competitions.
Smith Rowe has been one of the stand-out players for Mikel Arteta’s side in recent weeks and his run and cross for Saka means he has now either scored or assisted in seven of his 10 appearances in all competitions this season.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder was asked after the game by Sky Sports which Arsenal team-mate has helped him settle the most during his breakthrough campaign.
“I can’t cancel out anyone, but playing together with Lacazette, it helps me up the pitch, it gives me so much confidence,” he replied.
“Like I said, as we link up and play together, he talks to me a lot. I’d probably say he’s spoken to me the most off the pitch.”
Smith Rowe’s break-out season has come as a bit of a surprise for Arsenal fans, who have been crying out for a creative No 10 to replace the outgoing Mesut Ozil.
The academy graduate has been forced to wait for his chance, spending time out on loan with RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town in recent years.
However, Smith Rowe believes his experiences in the Bundesliga and Championship have been key to his development.
“I’ve been a bit unfortunate with injuries and stuff but the manager has given me a chance and I’m so grateful,” he said.
“I just hope to repay him and every opportunity I’m getting, I just want to show him I’m good enough to be in this team.
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“I think that’s been massive. I’ve been abroad and I’ve been in the Championship. I feel like it’s developed me so much, on and off the pitch. I feel like I’ve grown and matured into a much stronger and confident person. So, I feel like they’ve definitely helped me in my journey.”
Arsenal are now up to 10th in the Premier League, with 27 points from their opening 19 games.
They are now just seven points off the top four and Smith Rowe says the squad are feeling full of confidence to push on under Arteta.
“We all enjoyed it so much and we’re all coming together as a team,” he added.
“We’re really happy with the win today and we can’t be happier with the three points.
“I feel like we’re all coming together as a group, we’ve had some meetings off the pitch and I feel like we’re so much stronger now as a team. Everyone is getting fit and we’re all getting together on the training pitch. Just the whole group is so much stronger and I think it’s showing on the pitch.”