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66 touches, 4 chances created: 'Superb' Arsenal star ran the show against Aston Villa

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Arsenal smashed three past Aston Villa at the Emirates last night and Emile Smith Rowe, as his stats tell us, was the star of the show.

The young Englishman started on the left flank yesterday. Mikel Arteta put the entire side’s creative burden on his young shoulders as Martin Odegaard was dropped to accommodate Albert Sambi Lokonga in the heart of midfield.

Smith Rowe didn’t shy away from the responsibility. He was absolutely outstanding last night, so much so, that Arteta labelled him as ‘terrific’ and ‘superb’ in his post-match press conference. (Arsenal.com)

Was Smith Rowe really that good? Here’s a look at his numbers from last night…

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Emile Smith Rowe stats vs Aston Villa

Smith Rowe scored a goal and picked up an assist, which is a sensational return in a 3-1 win, but his stats make his performance look even better.

He had 66 touches of the ball, completed 17 final-third passes, created four chances and had four touches in Villa’s box. He also registered four ball recoveries, three take-ons, two interceptions and won four duels as well. (Squawka)

Smith Rowe ran the show against the Villans and was arguably the best player on the pitch. He has gone from strength to strength since the start of the season and Arsenal fans will be hoping that he can keep this up until the end of the campaign.

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Smith Rowe: Number 10 or a left-winger?

The young Englishman, as his shirt suggests, is naturally a number 10. He sees his long-term future there and he is an exceptional attacking midfielder in his own right.

However, his role last night suited him better. He started on the left flank but was given the freedom to cut in and have an impact centrally. That allowed him to exploit all the free space and he really hurt Villa.

Smith Rowe on the left also allows Arteta to accommodate either Alexandre Lacazette or Odegaard in the side. That helps Arsenal maintain good balance across the pitch, which is integral to the way the Gunners play.

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