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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has backed Emile Smith Rowe to establish himself as one of England’s best young midfielders alongside Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho.
The 20-year-old has been in impressive form for the Gunners over the Christmas period and has played a key role in helping Arteta’s side secure three consecutive wins in the Premier League for the first time this season.
Smith Rowe has provided Arteta with the creative force in midfield which Arsenal had been lacking at the start of the campaign.
And the Arsenal boss believes the midfielder is capable of being on the same trajectory as Sancho and Foden. ‘He has huge potential,’ said Arteta.
‘He really wants it and he has the personality when he goes on the field to express and play the way he can play.
‘To do it in a consistent way is a different thing. The boys that you mentioned, they’ve done it. It’s true that they’re ahead in their development phase because they’ve played many more minutes and games in the last two seasons.
‘But he is capable of doing that. Whether he’s going to do it will depend on how he continues to develop, how he takes the chance that he has in front of him and how much we can help him to achieve that.
‘A lot of things have happened to him in the past year.
‘He needs to establish himself here, he needs to be successful here, he needs to really find his role and his position in the team and in the club.
‘That will help him to have a clear path. We really believe in him. He needs to have no fear and go for it, because he has the quality.’