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Ray Parlour says Arsenal talent Emile Smith Rowe reminds him of Paul Merson

Ray Parlour has raved about Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe following last night’s 4-0 win over Slavia Prague in the Europa League, telling TalkSPORT that he reminds him of Paul Merson.

The youngster was in fine form last night as Arsenal secured a place in the semi-final of the competition. A brace by Alexandre Lacazette brace and goals by Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe earned progression.

Smith Rowe has enjoyed a sparkling second half of the season since being handed his first Premier League start of the season in December.

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He has managed to hold down a place in Mikel Arteta’s team and is clearly benefitting from playing regular first-team football.


Parlour has been raving about the youngster, stating that he reminds him of a player who thrived for the Gunners back during the nineties.

He told TalkSPORT: “At the moment they’re playing like they don’t really need Aubameyang in the side. I think there’s more balance.

“Pepe has certainly stepped up a little in the last few games, Saka has been excellent.

“Then there’s Smith Rowe. He’s been keeping fit, he’s such an exciting little player to watch the way he runs at players is a little bit like Paul Merson back in the day, when he gets the ball he just runs at players.

“He’s a very exciting player to watch, he gets into good positions and he can score goals as well.”

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Had the Arsenal youngster been given a chance earlier in the season, the youngster would be a decent outside bet to claim the club’s Player of the Year award.

The talented attacker has scored five goals and registered seven assists during 2020/21 and the future looks extremely bright.

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At 20, Smith Rowe is still learning his trade and he looks to be improving all the time in Arteta’s team.

Merson was an exciting player who got supporters on their feet during his time playing for Arsenal.

Smith Rowe is very much the modern-day equivalent and supporters will hope he becomes a regular for years to come.

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