Emile Smith Rowe has admitted that he seeks inspiration from Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes following Arsenal’s win over Newcastle United.
The Englishman registered his third assist of the season after he set up Bukayo Saka for the Gunners’ second goal during their 3-0 victory.
Speaking after the game, the Hale End academy product labelled the Portuguese midfielder’s statistics as ‘crazy’.
Smith Rowe said: “I look up to Bruno Fernandes as a player. His stats are crazy. We enjoyed that so much, we’re coming together as a team so we’re really happy with the win and the three points. Everyone’s 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.” (via Football Daily)
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The playmaker has produced some stunning performances in his short time in the Arsenal first-team, that has brought comparisons with the some of the best players in the Premier League.
Pundits and experts a like have compared the ace to Robert Pires and Kevin de Bruyne with similarities shining through in recent games.
In Monday’s clash with the Geordies, the Croydon-born youngster’s dribbling with the ball prior to the second goal had shades of the Frenchman in his prime as Jamaal Lascelles was left wondering what day of the week it was. It had Gary Neville lauding the star as he too pointed out the 20-year-old’s calmness in possession whilst naming the once Highbury favourite.
Then there’s Smith Rowe ability pass and move which has been his key strength which has revitalised the Gunners. The best example of this, which has drawn a likeness with de Bruyne, was during the 4-0 romping of West Bromwich Albion. In what was a stunning second goal, the England youth international turned the ball around the corner before setting off behind the Baggies’ defence to set up Saka.
It’s abundantly clear that many of the stars of today are having a big impact on Smith Rowe’s career. His play resembles that of the best talent in the Premier League and if it continues the £20k-p/w ace.