Emile Smith Rowe: Big Potential

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  1. Aevi

    Aevi Hale End FC Moderator

    With his inclusion into the Singapore squad it's clear he's in Emery's first team plans, and he most definitely deserves it. He looks an all-action, modern attacker, and I'm a big fan. He's more interesting than the likes of Nketiah and Nelson imo.

    Here are his highlights in the game against Atletico:

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  2. Fewtch

    Fewtch Ozil at 10 And Emery Out

    Let’s go!
  3. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    He can actually turn with the ball in the center of the field. Apart from Wilshere and Lacazette, haven't seen anyone else doing it.

    @hydrofluoric acid, @MutableEarth and the other guys who have been banging on about him must be chuffed
  4. Sanchez11's ghost

    Sanchez11's ghost Superior Journalist To Charles Watts

    All i want to know is how long his contract is?
  5. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Has been an interesting talent for a few years now. Rose to the U18s team at 15 as a tall, technical winger with good pace. Not necessarily super flashy but really comfy in possession and good ball-striking. I thought back then that he could have made a good #9 in fact, with his build and style of play. He showed his talents on a number of occasions at this point, scoring crucial goals (some really neat finishes) in the process.

    However, the following season he was still only on the fringes of the U23 team while easily impressing for the U18s both out wide and in a slightly newer #10 role. The likes of Amaechi and Saka were looking like surer bets for the wing positions despite being younger. And in the U23 setup, Nelson, Dragomir, Jeff and DaSilva were the regulars he needed to displace. The turning point for me was a game I watched on facebook live between Arsenal U23 and Sunderland U23, with Smith-Rowe playing an unfamiliar role as a #8 in place of Willock who had been called up to the first team. It's the game where he scored this now infamous goal:

    But this goal was not the only impressive thing about this performance. He was pure 360 in this role. Secure in tight spaces, threatening in open ones, playing a neat range of passes and showing great dribbling ability. On top of that, he showed a real robustness to compete in the absence of the normally uber-competitive (at this level anyway) Joe Willock.

    Since that game, he's taken his game from strength to strength, particularly in the Youth Cup where he scored crucial goals, dictated the flow of the games and showed himself to be technically superior to even his talented teammates. A handful of players showed the kind of technical poise that he did.

    It remains to be seen how far Smith-Rowe could excel. He's had an encouraging pre-season so far, but he showed himself to be a force to be reckoned with when he impressed in the Youth Cup Final in both legs against Chelsea, proving to be the main source of our attack along with Xavier Amaechi. He's dangerous as a wide playmaker but since his switch to AM/CM, he's become a considerably bigger threat. He has the ideal combination of having good physical traits (tall but relatively limber and agile) and being almost perfect technically, as well as being smart. Like a few of our young prospects, he could be as good as he wants to be.

    For now, let's see how much better he can get next season. I don't expect more than a few EL/CC appearances. If he really impresses in those, he might feature in the PL. There's opportunities there.
  6. pigge

    pigge Wishes Wrestling Fans Liked Him

    Looking like one of our best players so far, only 17,?! Big if true, Yuge potential.
  7. GunnerBP

    GunnerBP Well-Known Member Trusted

    It has only been one game, but this kid plays like Kevin De Bruyen. (Not in any way saying he is close to KDB's level, but they have similar playing sytles.) It'll be interesting to watch his development this year.
  8. MutableEarth

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    I've been thinking about it and while they definitely have a similar gait, I'm not sure he plays exactly like him. There are similarities, particularly with their ball-striking but in possession, he moves a lot more fluidly. Kinda like Kovacic.
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  9. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Smith-Rowe will be Smith-Rowe. When I compared him to DeBruyne I just saw few similar trades to them, then he was playing on the wing but I was sure he could go far in the midfield too.

    The best players will become their own players but it is nice to read that Smith-Rowe him self is trying to learn grom DeBruyne.
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  10. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Very unique skill set IMO.
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  11. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    How fitting that Wilshere leaves and this guy looks to be at the start of his Arsenal career. We have a new diamond to love.
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  12. Sanchez11's ghost

    Sanchez11's ghost Superior Journalist To Charles Watts

    I hope he rips it up aswel as other youngsters we have.
  13. TheIceman85

    TheIceman85 Well-Known Member

    Can I just make a plea for caution on this lad, after watching this forum go ballistic over Jeff following a few decent pre-season performances a while back, and look at where he is now...
  14. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    How long before he wins the Ballon d'Or? Probably too late this year but maybe next year?
  15. baccy_man

    baccy_man Active Member

    I saw part of the game this afternoon and the goal that he scored was great the sort of goal you would expect from someone with more experience, his future looks good.
  16. Camron

    Camron Established Member

    Love how this commentator felt he had to switch to Portuguese to describe the beauty of the goal.
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  17. GunnerBP

    GunnerBP Well-Known Member Trusted

    Yeah, I kind of felt crazy saying that he plays similarly to KDB, but appears to have better technique and dribbling, so I left off that part.

    Overall, he looks to have the size, engine, and technique to play anywhere in midfield. In the center, he can play AM and CM without much of a problem and his ability to quickly transition from defense to attack is similar to KDB. He also strikes the ball really well.

    He'll mature and become his own player, but he seems to have similarities to top players already, and that's a good sign.
  18. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    For 17 years old against a good side like A.Madrid he look great apart from some sloppy passing but he done really well emery seem very big fan of Smith
  19. Beksl

    Beksl Sell All The Youngsters

  20. Penn_

    Penn_ Established Member

    Whether it’s this season or the next I hope we have a plan to intergrate him and any other rising stars. In recent years we seemed to have developed a habit of calling u23 players up and never giving them minutes, instead opting for senior fringe players.
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  21. GunnerUK

    GunnerUK Well-Known Member

    I’ll be honest - Never heard of him until that goal went viral. Rather not get hyped over a good strike against Atletico Madrid but haven’t seen anything of him to make statements like his not ready, or will struggle to get into the first team.

    I can’t recall seeing him play in preseason games under Wenger so if Emery has found a diamond in the rock he deserves full credit.

    Looking forward to seeing more of him..
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