Gary Neville lauds Emile Smith Rowe – comparing him to an Invincible

Gary Neville has heaped praise on Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe, likening him to Arsenal legend Robert Pires.

Smith Rowe has been a shining light in a below-par campaign for the Gunners. Since the youngster came into the starting XI, Arsenal have picked up 13 points from five league games, having failed to win any of the previous seven outings.

Smith Rowe celebrates an FA Cup goal

And Smith Rowe has had a massive hand in this turnaround. He has registered assists against Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, and Newcastle United, as well as bagging against the latter in the FA Cup.

Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has hailed the Englishman for his contribution to Arsenal since coming into the first team, comparing his dribbling style to Premier League great Robert Pires.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville said: “He (Smith Rowe) doesn’t run with the ball, he glides with it, and he’s always at a point where you feel like he can release it.

“A lot of young players, they run with it, then they have to stop, look up, and the moment’s gone. He’s not, he’s connected, he’s switched on, he’s clever. Arsene Wenger had brilliant players who travelled with the ball, like Robert Pires and others who travelled with the ball brilliantly and were so clever. He could have played in those teams.”

Spirits are up at the Emirates, having previously been in some trouble. Last night’s 3-0 win at home to Newcastle was their fifth in the last six in all competitions, and their fifth successive clean sheet.

Meanwhile, the younger players are stepping up for Mikel Arteta’s side. The aforementioned Smith Rowe has been superb, and Bukayo Saka has been on the scoresheet in three of the last five fixtures.

Bukayo Saka
Saka has stepped up for the Gunners

Coming up for Arsenal is a tough set of fixtures. They travel to St. Mary’s to face Southampton, before the visit of Manchester United, who are top of the table at the time of writing.