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Interview

‘To get the chances I’m getting now is crazy!’

Emile Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe had a big decision to make during the summer.

After starring on our pre-season tour of Singapore there were offers on the table for the teenager to spend the 2018/19 campaign out on loan, but he chose to stay in north London and wait patiently for his chance.
 
That patience has paid off. The 18-year-old made his first-team debut off the bench against Vorskla Poltava and a week after making his full senior bow against Brentford, scored against Qarabag on Thursday night.
 
“I feel delighted,” he said. “Obviously it is something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid, scoring my first goal for the club. I scored in pre-season but last night it felt so different and I am just so happy.
 
“I am really enjoying it. I was enjoying it before but I am getting chances and I am so grateful that the gaffer has got faith in me. I just want to keep improving and keep getting minutes.

Emile Smith Rowe and Unai Emery

“Unai has been a real big help to me personally because he is always talking to me after training. And as a team, he is always telling us, having a lot of meetings after training and even before matches. I think it’s really good for the team.
 
“[Fighting for a place] was a chance I took and I am happy I have taken it because now he is really happy with me, he helps me a lot and to get the chances I am getting now is crazy. There’s no other place I’d rather be.
 
“When I first started training with them the team, players like Welbeck, Lacazette were so welcoming. Everyone is helping me, everyone is giving me advice and I couldn’t really mention anyone now because everyone has been so welcoming. It is like a big family.
 
“Every player has told me you’ve got so much ability, so much quality just keep focused and keep working hard. To get that off world class players – even Mesut Ozil has told me that before and Aubameyang as well – is just unbelievable.
 
“I haven’t really set any targets,” added Smith Rowe. “For me, it is just training every day, working hard and if I get my chance in the Premier League one day, that would be unbelievable. At the moment, I am just try to make my way with games in the cups. Hopefully one day I can make my Premier League debut.”

Press conference

‘Emile must stay humble and continue working hard’

Alex Iwobi and Emile Smith Rowe celebrate Emile's first Arsenal goal

Emile Smith Rowe will never forget the evening of October 4, 2018.

Our 18-year-old midfielder scored his first professional goal to help us win 3-0 away at Qarabag, finishing clinically after fellow Hale End product Alex Iwobi had set him up.

After the match, Unai Emery spoke about Smith Rowe - and outlined what the midfielder must do if he is to continue to thrive.

Smith Rowe and Iwobi celebrate Emile's first Arsenal goal

Smith Rowe and Iwobi celebrate Emile's first Arsenal goal

on what he said to Emile Smith Rowe when he came off and how far can Emile go…
Well, first I think that every player needs to feel that we have the option to give them chances an an opportunity to play with us. Above all, the players with us, they are coming from the academy and today they are here. Deyan Illiev is here also, Eddie Nketiah is here also, and also is Joe Willock. We want to give them [opportunities] but also they earned their moments in the pitch because, in pre-season for example, Emile Smith Rowe worked very well with us. He knows how we want to play and he is very humble to continue improving and progressing with us and in every training and match, like today. I said to him, after he left the match, that before he had one action and with ambition, he can go inside the box and score more.

on what qualities in Emile stand out for him to make him want to pick him…
A little bit of all the qualities he has: physical, mentality and quality with his right foot. Working in combinations with other players. If I can say one condition, for me, it’s his mentality. He is humble and he is humble to listen every day in training, in the video analysis and also before the match to continue improving and to keep taking one step more, like today. The last matches he played, for example against Brentford, he had three actions in the opposition boxes and didn’t score. But today, he had two and one was a goal. I think this is one step more for him. I prefer to not speak a lot about him, because I think it’s best for him to continue to be humble and continue working in every match to keep his feet on the ground.

Interview

Smith Rowe - This is a dream come true!

Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe became the first player born in the 21st century to score for us when he made it 2-0 away at Qarabag on Thursday night.

After the match, our midfielder was understandably delighted at scoring his first goal for the club.

Here’s what he said:

on his first Arsenal goal…
It feels good to have got my first goal today, and the three points as well. It’s just a dream come true really!

on if he feels as though he belongs…
Yeah, I feel at home in this team. I train with them every day and everyone’s so welcoming. I’m just happy to [be here].

on if he felt fired up…
It’s just all about belief. We’re a team that help each other and try to do our best for each other.