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Norwich City 0-5 Arsenal: Five things we learned as Smith Rowe makes history

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Arsenal picked up another resounding win away from home, this time against Norwich City.

The Gunners were in fantastic form going into the game and we dominated the Canaries from start to finish.

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A brace from Bukayo Saka and goals from Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe helped us get a comfortable 5-0 win and Mikel Arteta will surely be a happy man.

Here are five things we learned from the game…

Super-sub Emile Smith Rowe makes history

The Englishman came off the bench for the final 10 minutes of the game and he was brilliant. His pass to Alexandre Lacazette helped the Frenchman win the penalty and Smith Rowe later went on to score himself in stoppage time. By doing so, he’s made his way into the history books. (Harvey Downes of Opta)

Smith Rowe is the first player in Arsenal’s history to score in four consecutive substitute appearances.

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The end of the away curse?

One of Arsenal’s biggest criticisms this season has been our away form. We’ve been awful on the road, but things have looked a lot better recently

Only 10 days ago, Arsenal had scored six goals in eight Premier League away games this season. Now, we’ve pushed that tally up to 15, thanks to consecutive big wins over Leeds and Norwich. (Orbinho of Opta)

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.

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Ben White’s worth every penny

A lot was said when Arsenal forked out £50 million for Ben White in the summer transfer window. His shaky start gave rise to more criticism, but his performances have been outstanding since.

Today, White was forced to slot in at right-back after Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles missed the game due to COVID. The former Brighton man did his job brilliantly and proved even more people wrong in the process.

He deserves a lot of praise for his performance today.

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Saka is absolutely outstanding

Bukayo Saka looked sharp from the first whistle. The young Englishman has been one of our best players since the start of last season and he is now on a whole new level.

Both of Saka’s goals were class. His first one was a composed finish into the bottom corner, while his second was a fierce strike past the Norwich goalkeeper. He’s still only 20 and is not even close to his peak yet.

He has the potential to become one of the best players in the world in a few years time.

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Another Odegaard masterclass

Some pundits moaned when Arsenal were pushing for Odegaard over Emi Buendia and James Maddison. Arteta ignored everyone and went all in to sign the Norwegian and the Arsenal boss has been proved right.

Odegaard was absolutely immense today. He picked up two assists and controlled the game from start to finish. He is proving to be an incredible signing, and he, like Saka, Smith Rowe and our other young players, has the potential to become a world-beater in the very near future.

Absolutely outstanding stuff from the Norwegian.

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