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Emile Smith Rowe names player he's most influenced by at Arsenal - it's not Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has named the one senior teammate who has had the biggest influence on him.

The 20-year-old started his sixth ever Premier League game against Newcastle United last night. However, he looked like he has been playing at this level for years.

Smith Rowe put the ball on a plate for Bukayo Saka to help double Arsenal’s lead. He was brilliant throughout and it is a real joy to watch him perform the way he has over the last few weeks.

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The youngster is viewed by many as the heir to Mesut Ozil’s throne. Smith Rowe himself has claimed before that he looks up to the German and watches his every move in training. (Goal)

However, that seems to have changed now. Gary Neville asked Smith Rowe which Arsenal teammate has had the greatest influence on him, and the youngster claimed it was Alexandre Lacazette, not Ozil.

He told Sky Sports: “I can’t cancel out no one but Lacazette, playing together with him up top, I feel like it’s helped me so much on & off the pitch. He gives me so much confidence. As we link-up & play together, he talks to me a lot.”

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Arsenal’s future is bright

Since Smith Rowe started his first game in the Premier League this season on Boxing Day, only Bruno Fernandes has created more chances than him.

That is a phenomenal achievement for someone so young and this is just the start. Smith Rowe has the world at his feet, and it is up to him to make the most of it and fulfil his massive potential.

Arsenal’s future looks really bright. Smith Rowe and Saka are already established first-team stars, while Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah are raring to go to show their worth.

Mikel Arteta and everyone at Arsenal will be really pleased with the youngsters’ progression.

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