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Emile Smith Rowe can match Nicolas Anelka's stunning Arsenal record this weekend

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This weekend, Emile Smith Rowe can match what Nicolas Anelka did for Arsenal all the way back in the 1998/99 Premier League season.

The young Englishman has been absolutely incredible for us this term. He has had a tough time with injuries and has often been a substitute as a result, but whenever he has played, he has been brilliant.

Smith Rowe missed our win over Wolves last week but he’s back now. He is expected to start when Arsenal take on Watford on Sunday, and he could enter the club’s history books.

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Emile Smith Rowe could join Nicolas Anelka in Arsenal history books

Back in the 1998/99 season, when Anelka was still only 19, the Frenchman started 35 games in the Premier League for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and managed to score 17 goals.

Anelka became the first Arsenal player under the age of 21 to reach double figures in goals in the Premier League and no other player has matched that record.

Smith Rowe is very likely to do that this season and he could well achieve that against Watford on Sunday.

The Englishman has scored nine goals in the league already this season and just one more will help him match Anelka’s stunning record from over 23 years ago.

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ESR’s feat will be so much more impressive

As many opinions as we have about Anelka, we must admit that his 17-goal campaign in the 1998/99 season was a remarkable achievement considering he was just 19.

However, if Smith Rowe manages to break into double figures this season, we believe that the Englishman’s achievement will trump what Anelka did all those years ago.

For starters, Smith Rowe is a midfielder, not a striker like Anelka was. Secondly, the Arsenal side now is definitely an exciting one, but it’s nowhere near as good as the one Wenger had back in 98/99.

Smith Rowe may not end up with 17 goals in the league this season as Anelka did, but just getting across the 10-goal mark is so much more impressive when you take everything into account.

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