Mikel Arteta singles out ‘magnificent’ Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe after Spurs victory

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal speaks during an interview following the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Arteta was delighted with Smith Rowe (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta hailed Emile Smith Rowe for his ‘magnificent performance’ in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

The Arsenal boss was delighted with how the 20-year-old midfielder conducted himself on the pitch in such a big much and believes he gives his side ‘something different’.

While it was Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette who scored the goals – with Erik Lamela scoring for Spurs before getting sent off – Arteta reserved special praise for the academy graduate.

Arteta was especially pleased with how Smith Rowe performed in a game of such magnitude and lauded his ‘big individual performance’.

‘Well, I think he [Smith Rowe] had a magnificent performance as well again,’ said Arteta after the 2-1 win over Arsenal’s north London rivals.

‘I think he shows not only quality but his personality, his intelligence on the pitch, his energy… it gives us something different.

Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal controls the ball whilst under pressure from Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Smith Rowe was in good form (Picture: Getty)

‘Today in a derby, you need some big individual performances and for sure he had one.’

Arteta was generally happy with his side’s performance as they moved to within four points of bitter rivals Spurs.

He told BBC Sport: ‘We had a really strong performance right from the beginning, we created many chances and went a goal down with their first shot.

‘But I love the reaction of the team, we stayed composed and in the end we won the game.

‘Scoring before half-time was really important as it put us in a good position for the second half

‘We scored the second goal, we got a bit nervy in the final 10 minutes and that is one of the things we need to improve as a team.’

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