Emerging Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has admitted he models his game on a Manchester United star, whose numbers, he’s described as “crazy”.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been in brilliant form for Arsenal since coming into the side. He was given a shirt in the Boxing Day win over Chelsea and has since not looked back.
During that time, Mikel Arteta’s side are unbeaten and, having picked up four wins, are back in the top half of the Premier League.
His manager was quick to pay tribute to Smith Rowe after the game, saying they “put a smile on his face”.
Now the player himself has admitted he’s loving his time in the limelight. He’s also named Bruno Fernandes as the star he most aspires to be like.
Indeed, Smith Rowe has created as many chances as the United star since the former’s elevation into the Arsenal side on December 26.
“Nah definitely not [bad company to be in]. I look up to him as a player, his stats are crazy,” Smith Rowe told Sky Sports.
“The way he plays is really good, it’s obviously a good achievement, I guess.”
Smith Rowe thankful to Arteta
Smith Rowe has also expressed his gratitude to Arteta for showing faith in him.
He believes his game has been upped a notch thanks to the belief and confidence Arteta has placed on him.
“He tells me so much to play free, clear my mind and just be confident,” Smith Rowe said of Arteta.
“If I make a mistake, to carry on and forget about it.
“For me, to have a manager like Mikel, he’s played for the club, he gives me so much confidence.
“I’m really happy to get these opportunities.”
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