Daniel Oyegoke shares what Arsenal coaches used to say about Emile Smith Rowe
Daniel Oyegoke has told The Sun how the Arsenal academy coaches used to tell the club’s youngsters that Emile Smith Rowe was the player they needed to aspire to be like to make the grade at the Emirates.
It is easy to forget that Smith Rowe has been a first-team regular for less than a year with the Gunners.
In fact, it was not much more than a year ago that the 21-year-old returned from a loan spell at Huddersfield Town.
Some may have wondered how he was going to make that leap from Championship strugglers to Arsenal’s first-team.
But it would appear that the coaches were always confident about Smith Rowe’s potential.
Oyegoke – who left Arsenal for Brentford in the summer – shared what the coaches would say about the attacking midfielder while he was coming through the system.
“Smith Rowe was also the one the coaches used to say we should watch closely and aspire to be like because of what he was and is doing. Now it just shows,” he told The Sun.
Smith Rowe ultimately benefitted from Arsenal struggling last season
Smith Rowe’s emergence into the team was one of the few positives for Arsenal last season. And in truth, it may not have happened last year had Mikel Arteta’s men not struggled so much.
Now, it is hard to imagine an Arsenal lineup not including Smith Rowe. He is almost undroppable for the Gunners.
Of course, his age must be taken into consideration if his form does drop at any stage. But he has been playing brilliantly for the best part of 12 months now.
And that will encourage those now looking to make the grade at the Emirates in the coming years.