'Real freedom': Matthew Upson raves about Arsenal talent Emile Smith Rowe
Former Arsenal defender Matthew Upson has spoken highly of attacking talent Emile Smith Rowe during an interview with BBC Sport.
The youngster has broken onto the scene in the last month with a string of fine performances in Mikel Arteta’s team.
Smith Rowe has claimed three Premier League assists during the current campaign and has thoroughly deserved his place in the team.
Upson has raved about the 20-year-old and believes he shows no sign of nerves.
He told BBC Sport: “He does not play like he is nervous.
“He plays with real freedom and he expresses himself well. To say he is shy shows how different personalities come out on the pitch.”
Smith Rowe is coming of age during the current campaign and that has delighted the Arsenal supporters.
His introduction to the Gunners team has coincided with an upturn in fortunes.
The Hale End graduate has played 25 times for the Gunners during his career and he’ll hope to feature much more.
Smith Rowe enjoyed decent loan spells at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town prior to making his mark at the Emirates Stadium.
He’s used those loan spells as a catalyst to earn his Arsenal opportunity and is now grasping it with both hands.
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With Martin Odegaard now in place at the club, Smith Rowe will know that he needs to continue his strong form.
He is in possession of the shirt though and the £20,000-a-week man is fancied by Arteta.
Arsenal have a proud history with their academy graduates and Smith Rowe is the latest cab off the rank at the Emirates Stadium.