Andy Cole ‘really excited’ by Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe

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Emile Smith Rowe has impressed in the last six weeks (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Former Arsenal forward Andy Cole has praised Mikel Arteta’s decision to blood the youngsters in recent weeks and says Emile Smith Rowe is the pick of a ‘really exciting’ bunch.

The Gunners’ form has been transformed in the last six weeks since Smith Rowe was brought into the side and the side are unbeaten in the Premier League since a 2-1 defeat to Everton before Christmas.

That recent run has reignited Arsenal’s hopes of a European finish this term and the club’s decision to offload the likes of Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis has given more room to a host of talented younsters such as Reiss Nelson.

Cole started his career in north London before making a name for himself at Newcastle and Manchester United but the former England striker says he’s been impressed with Smith Rowe.

Cole has lavished praise on Arteta (Picture: DAZN)

‘I’m very, very excited by the Arsenal youngsters,’ Cole told Premier League Prodcutions.

‘I was at Arsenal when I was a kid and I know what Arsenal’s potential is like for bringing through kids because back in my day virtually all of the first team was kids.

‘To see Emile Smith Rowe playing I’m really, really pleased that Arteta has given him the opportunity to play in the first team.

‘He’s gone out there and done extremely well. He’s a real, real bright youngster.’

Arsenal will be hoping to continue their recent revival when they travel to face Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday.

The Gunners are set to be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again as the striker has been given time off due to family reasons.

Alexandre Lacazette is expected to be cleared to play after sustaining a head injury in the dying moments of Saturday’s draw with Manchester United.

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