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Xhaka - Smith Rowe is so important to us

Granit Xhaka heaped the praise on Emile Smith Rowe after the youngster continued his excellent form with the opening goal against Newcastle.

Emile's run in the team has coincided with our upturn in form, and he once again showed his value to the side with a well-taken goal, just ten minutes from the end of extra-time.

After the game Xhaka was delighted for the 20-year-old academy product.

"He's a lovely guy," Xhaka told Arsenal Media. "He's a very good guy who wants to improve, he listens to us experienced players a lot and he's so important to us.

"You can see how many balls he recovers, how many key balls he plays at the front and for the front guys as well, he's so important. He has to keep going like this to improve day-by-day but he has a good mentality and that's very important as well."

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