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Smith Rowe is a top player, says Arsenal legend

Sun 10 January 2021 | 14:00

Smith Rowe scored the first goal for Arsenal at the extra time against Newcastle last night.

Arsenal

had to beat

Newcastle United

to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup. The holders of the oldest competition in England were less than impressive in the final third of the opposition and it nearly looked like the match will be decided after the penalty shootout.

Emile Smith Rowe

made yet another appearance for the Gunners against Newcastle to continue his good form. Smith Rowe who was nearly sent off at the 87th minute, finally scored the first goal at the 109th minute to win the match for Arsenal. Wright, former Arsenal player is full of praise for the young midfielder.

"He's [Smith Rowe’s] quality. Top drawer. He is a real player. Absolutely delighted for him,”

the Arsenal legend told BBC Sport.

“It's what he deserved. In the first half we weren't getting enough midfield players joining and in the box and he's someone who does that naturally in his game.

"He's done well there. You want a calm, composed strike on target and he's done that.

"He's literally one of the only players we have in the squad who plays on the half-turn in there.

"He comes into that area of the pitch, we had [Granit] Xhaka and [Mohamed] Elneny and they're deep, they need someone in the middle of the pitch to lay it into who can link with the midfield and the forwards.

"He's the kind of person that wants the ball in there to progress it forward. That's what we didn't do in the first half and in the previous games to the ones we've won."

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