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‘Ready for my boy to score’: Some Arsenal fans want 20-year-old to start v Benfica

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‘Ready for my boy to score’: Some Arsenal fans want 20-year-old to start v Benfica

A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to call for Emile Smith Rowe to start in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The 20-year-old has made a sensational breakthrough this season, becoming the latest Hale End star to become a first-team regular under Mikel Arteta.

This season, Smith Rowe has made 17 senior appearances for Arsenal, including each of the last 10 Premier League games.

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With Martin Odegaard now in the Gunners ranks, Mikel Arteta moved the Hale End gem from his usual No. 10 role to the left in the last-32 first leg draw with Benfica, but he struggled out of position.

And against Manchester City, Arteta opted to drop Smith Rowe, bringing him on for the final 17 minutes of the 1-0 defeat.

Admittedly, the player was due a bit of respite, but with the second leg against Benfica coming up, some Arsenal fans would like to see him in the starting XI again.

Here is what some have been saying on social media:

 

Arsenal face Benfica in Athens having drawn the first leg 1-1, with Bukayo Saka equalising for Arteta’s charges in Rome.

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