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Arteta likens Smith Rowe to Foden and Sancho

Sat 09 January 2021 | 8:52

Smith Rowe has become a regular player for Arsenal in the Premier League.

Arsenal

boss

Mikel Arteta

believes young

Emile Smith Rowe

’s abilities match the likes of England youngsters

Phil Foden

and

Jadon Sancho

.

The Gunners upturn in form has started from a dominant 3-1 London derby win against Chelsea and now they begin their FA Cup defense at home against Newcastle on Saturday.

Smith Rowe was a part of the victory against London Blues and has kept his place with stunning performances in No. 10 role.

The 20-year-old was also a part of the England squad that won the U17 World Cup alongside Phil Foden, player of the tournament, and Jadon Sancho. Arteta acknowledged the duo are ahead of Rowe in their development.

"He has huge potential. He really wants it and he has the personality when he goes on the field to express and play the way he can play,"

said Arteta, who coached Foden and - more briefly - Sancho at

Manchester City as part of Pep Guardiola's backroom staff

.

"To do it in a consistent way is a different thing. The boys that you mentioned, they've done it. It's true that they're ahead in their development phase because they've played many more minutes and games in the last two seasons.

"But he is capable of doing that. Whether he's going to do it will depend on how he continues to develop, how he takes the chance that he has in front of him and how much we can help him to achieve that."

That quality has certainly been to the fore this season, with Smith Rowe's four assists across seven appearances in all competitions.


source: SportMob