With his sweeping finish in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Emile Smith Rowe scored his fifth goal in eight appearances, beating his total for the whole of last season only a couple of months into the new one.
The academy graduate was challenged to contribute more goals by Mikel Arteta during his breakthrough campaign and he is delivering. Smith Rowe, already one of the most exciting young players in the country, is now taking his game to another level.
His importance to his club is growing by the week. There have been four goals and two assists in the Premier League so far, giving him the highest combined total among Arsenal players this season. “He’s just been superb,” said Arteta recently.
Smith Rowe’s fine form has now been rewarded with his first England call-up after Marcus Rashford and James Ward-Prowse withdrew from Gareth Southgate’s original squad for the upcoming games against Albania and San Marino.
He will hope to seize his chance as he has at Arsenal.
The 21-year-old was instrumental in their improvement last season and has embraced the responsibility of taking the No 10 shirt after signing a new contract with his boyhood club in July