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'Serious, serious baller': Ex-PL winner sends six-word tweet to Arsenal youngster

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Arsenal had a lot of positives to take from last night’s victory against Rapid Wien in the Europa League. The win secured the top spot in the group, and our attacking play at times was a breath of fresh air.

Pablo Mari returned from injury and scored his debut goal for the club, while Alexandre Lacazette also ended his goal drought with a fantastic strike from over 25 yards.

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Calum Chambers also made his comeback after almost a year out, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles finally got 90 minutes under his belt in his favourite central midfield position last night.

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However, the biggest positive was arguably Emile Smith Rowe’s performance. The youngster has had a rough time with injuries and lack of regular chances. Some Arsenal fans were fuming that Arteta left him on the bench yesterday (read here), but once he came on, he delivered.

The 20-year-old barely took three minutes before he slotted home his first goal of the season. The Englishman is an incredible talent, and he will become a star in the future for Arsenal as well as for England if he can stay away from injuries.

Former Premier League winner Danny Simpson took to Twitter to heap praise on Smith Rowe. He was thoroughly impressed with the youngster’s performance, and labelled him as a ‘serious, serious baller’.

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Smith Rowe is a serious baller and there is absolutely no doubt about that. He has good vision, is an excellent passer and also has the ability to drive with the ball from his own half into the opposition third.

The Hale End graduate has now come on as a substitute in back-to-back games in the Europa League. He picked up an assist against Molde last week and opened his account for the season at the Emirates last night.

The top spot in the group is secured with a game to spare. Arsenal travel to Ireland next week to face Dundalk and Smith Rowe has done enough to show Arteta that deserves a start.

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