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.
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:
Are you watching @Arsenal?
— Bhavs (@bhavss14) November 14, 2020
Ice cold under pressure🥶
— #FreeSmith (@RWCompsV2) November 14, 2020
SMITHY OHHH SMITHY
HE PLAYED FOR THE ARSENAL
BUT MIKEL SAID LETS LOAN HIM OUT
HE WENT TO SWINDON AND HE TURNED INTO THE GOAT
OHHHHHH HES OUR SMITHYY
HES FLIPPING OURS
— Mike_AFC14 – ᴰˢ¹⁰ ᴴᴬ⁸ 🏴🏴 (@RealHarrowPele) November 14, 2020
Best player in the league 👑
— Harry (@harryjjnicholas) November 14, 2020
@RWCompsV2 I agree Matt Smith is the best English midfielder ever
— Tom Starr (@tomstarr26) November 14, 2020
Hardest working player on the pitch
— oscar manners, you say? (@oscarmrocks) November 14, 2020
carried by smith
— nathan(on follow limit) (@ftblopna) November 14, 2020
Yess Matt smith saved us!
— james (@james13801709) November 14, 2020
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.