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‘Are you watching Arsenal?’: Some fans erupt as Gunners loanee scores injury-time equaliser

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‘Are you watching Arsenal?’: Some fans erupt as Gunners loanee scores injury-time equaliser

A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to hail Gunners academy gem Matt Smith for his latest impressive performance out on loan.

The 20-year-old midfielder has played every minute of Swindon’s League One campaign thus far, and played a huge part in helping the Robins to a 3-3 draw at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Smith and co started poorly and were two goals down by the 16th-minute mark, with Aaron Pierre and Matthew Millar scoring for the hosts.

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Joel Grant struck back for Swindon but David Edwards edged the Shrews back into a two-goal lead on 56 minutes.

However, Hallam Hope gave the visitors a glimmer of hope five minutes later, before a grandstand finish saw Smith’s deflected strike beat Harry Burgoyne in the 92nd minute.

Needless to say, Arsenal fans and Shrewsbury supporters alike rejoiced on social media:

 

Smith came through the ranks at Hale End after joining Arsenal’s Under-9s, and signed his first professional Gunners contract in February 2019.

He captained Arsenal’s Under-18s to the Premier League South title in 2018-19, playing every minute for his side, and was a regular in the Under-23s last season.

Smith also trained frequently with the Arsenal first-team and has made the matchday squad on six occasions, including in the FA Cup final, where he got his hands on a winners’ medal.

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