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Emile Smith Rowe scores England Under-21s' winner in Andorra

A host of our players were in action for their respective nations on Monday - with three of them scoring.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on target as Gabon kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive with a 2-0 win over Angola. Our captain gave his nation the lead with a quarter of an hour to play, firing home with his left foot. Having scored the first, Auba then set up a late second for Alex Moussounda.

Over in Cotonou, Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring in Ivory Coast’s 2-1 win against Malawi. Nico struck within two minutes and, though Khuda Muyaba equalised soon after, Franck Kessie secured a crucial three points from the spot after the break.

Emile Smith Rowe was on target too, scoring the winner as England Under-21s secured a hard-fought win in Andorra. Our No 10 - who was named man of the match - netted the only goal of the game midway through the second half, latching on to Curtis Jones’ defence-splitting pass before going through on goal and finishing with aplomb. Folarin Balogun also featured as a late substitute, replacing Emile in second-half stoppage time.

Martin Odegaard captained Norway to a 2-0 home success against Montenegro. Mohamed Elyounoussi scored either side of half-time, while Martin was substituted with eight minutes to play.

Egypt are four points clear at the top of Group F thanks to a 3-0 win in Libya. Ahmed El Fotouh, Mostafa Mohamed and Ramadan Sobhi scored the goals, while Mo Elneny completed 90 minutes of action.

Karl Hein started as Estonia were beaten by Wales in Tallinn. Kieffer Moore scored the only goal of the game from close range early in the first half.

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Arsenal Supporting Supporters: JNF

Emile Smith Rowe has joined Rob Holding and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in supporting local businesses, this time with local haircutters, JNF, as part of the Arsenal Supporting Supporters series. 

Inspired by player-business partnerships of yesteryear and kicked off by local pub, The Tollington and Rob Holding, this is the third instalment in a series of local businesses pairing up with members of the Arsenal men’s and women’s teams to raise awareness of their services and drive footfall on and around matchday. Many local businesses and community organisations who surround the local area were just as pleased as the club to see fans return to Emirates Stadium after matches were played behind closed doors. 

Alongside our players, a variety of local businesses feature in the campaign, some of which are well known to Arsenal fans and others that need the extra support and awareness.  Along with adverts which are aired across the businesses’ and club channels - including the stadium’s big screens - the businesses are a part of Arsenal fixtures and feature on the perimeter boards and inside the matchday programme.   

JNF Haircutters has been part of the Arsenal community for nearly 40 years. The shop on Mountgrove Road in Highbury is now run by huge Arsenal fan Jimmy Patsalou, but it’s very much a family business as it was originally opened in 1983 by Jimmy’s dad, Chris, before Jimmy took over in 2000.  

This film sees Emile, alongside Arsenal fan and social media influencer Michael Timbs (Timbsy), feature in a 60-second advert alongside lifelong Arsenal fan, Jimmy. Jimmy was a Junior Gunner and was selected as a mascot when we drew 1-1 with Wimbledon on January 1, 1992 when he posed for a pic with then captain Tony Adams. 
  
Along with the advert which will be aired across the businesses and our club channels - including the stadium’s big screens – JNF will be a part of the Aston Villa game and will feature on the perimeter boards and inside the matchday programme. 
 
“I was asked by someone at the club if I might be interested in being in a partnership like this. And of course I said yes!” said Jimmy, whose red and white roots run deep. 
 
“We’re a big Arsenal family. My dad became a fan after seeing us in a friendly back in Cyprus in the mid-1960s. When he came over here, one of the first things he wanted to do was come to Highbury and watch a game. Me and my brother had no choice." 
 
Being part of the Arsenal community in Islington is something ardent supporter Jimmy is really proud of. “Even though the club edged a bit further away when we went to Emirates, there’s still a real Arsenal feel in the area, particularly now the Arsenal Tavern has reopened, which is a very good matchday pub – that really helps with business," he said.  
 
“Like all businesses though, we were hit pretty hard over the last 18 months and had to shut for a long period. For Arsenal to think of us is such a boost, not just for JNF but I think all of the businesses in this area of N5, we can all benefit. I’ve loved seeing the adverts for the ‘Tolly’ and Autoparts. It’s such an amazing scheme.”  
 
Talking about the campaign, Arsenal CEO, Vinai Venkatesham, added: “This is one of a number of ways we are trying to support the local community. After listening to the local businesses involved, it was clear there was one thing in particular they needed – awareness. So, we got to work on creating a series of adverts in partnership with them which will hopefully ensure every Arsenal fan knows who they are and how they can use the brilliant services they offer.” 
 

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