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Breaking News: Bukayo Saka hails ‘livewire’ Emile Smith Rowe’s impact for Arsenal

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Bukayo Saka has lavished praise on Emile Smith Rowe and is ecstatic with the impact the youngster has had for Arsenal this season.

After loan spells at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield, Gunners academy graduate Smith Rowe was finally afforded a real opportunity in the first-team earlier in the campaign. The 20-year-old’s introduction at the end of December coincided with Mikel Arteta’s side going on a run of five wins in six Premier League games which propelled them up the table.

Smith Rowe Jubilates After A Goal

Smith Rowe registered three assists over that period and established himself as the main creator in the side. Results for the Gunners have begun to sour again following back-to-back losses against Wolves and Aston Villa, but Saka, who is another successful product of the club’s Hale End academy, had nothing but positive words to say about his team-mate. ‘He’s settled in perfectly, he was patient for his opportunity and I think he deserved it,’ Saka told the Premier League’s official YouTube channel. ‘When he got it he took it and showed the impact he can make for the team. ‘He’s a livewire across the pitch, he’s everywhere, he will run into space, pass into space and create opportunities for all of us. ‘I love playing with him and I’m really happy with what he’s done in the team since he’s come in.’ Saka was also full of praise for highly-rated 19-year-old Gabriel Martinelli, who has continued to show promising flashes after registering 10 goals across all competitions last season. ‘Just watch him play and press, the way he goes, he doesn’t stop,’ Saka added. “He’s not only just fast, he can also run a long distance at that same speed and just get faster. ‘You look at his Chelsea goal [last season] he didn’t slow down or get tired. It’s not just his pace it’s his engine as well. ‘It’s crazy. It’s like he’s got a battery pack on his back.’

 

 

 

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Livestream: Arsenal vs Villarreal CF

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Villareal Is Defending Everything Arsenal is throwing their way, Will Arsenal break their wall an bang in goals, it a question that needed an urgent response from the Gunners..

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Arsenal vs Villarreal – Line-Up, Formations Kick Off Time Confirmed

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It’s One Of The Most Entertaining Game Of The Season, One That Will Renew Arsenal Champions League Hope Next Season, Or Mar It.

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Just In: Arteta backs “hungry” Auba, Emery wary of his former “killer”

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Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “hungry to do something” after returning to full fitness following a bad encounter with malaria.

After ending the last campaign as the club’s FA Cup-winning hero, the 31-year-old club captain, fresh from signing a big-money contract extension, was supposed to be the talismanic figurehead as his manager’s project stepped up a gear. It hasn’t worked out that way.

While 15 goals and 3 assists are nothing to sniff at, our striker’s goal tally is way down on what Gunners fans have been used to since he joined from Dortmund in January 2018.

With teammates not exactly picking up the slack, the lack of killer instinct has cost the team dearly on the domestic front and hopes of qualifying for the Champions League now hang by a thread.

While a number of factors have played a part in Auba’s hit-and-miss performances – off-field issues and a lack of creativity around him certainly haven’t helped – Arteta believes his striker is in the mood to put things right.

“You know Auba’s character, he’s someone really lively, always joking, always smiling,” said the boss ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Villarreal.

“He had a difficult season so many of us as a club and a staff try to support him as much as possible the way that the team did as well.

“When he had some personal issues they were right behind him. As I said before football gives you an opportunity. He’s in a good place right now and he’s very hungry to do something.”

He added: “Everything affects but you have to come through that. It’s about how you react to the difficulties in your career which you’re going to have at some stage.

“He had some this season and it’s about showing the direction and the capacity to overcome that.”

The importance of delivering on the pitch tonight isn’t lost on Aubameyang. In fairness, he’s done pretty well in big games since he joined and this is certainly one of those.

Reflecting on the job at hand, he said: “I am really excited to play this game tomorrow because it is a big game and it’s a big moment for all of us. Hopefully, we deliver again.

“For sure it will be one of [the biggest games of my Arsenal career]. Definitely this season is the most important game and we know that we have to win this game.

“It is a big opportunity for us to get to the final, we play at home and this is maybe the biggest game of my Arsenal career.”

Having worked with him for 18 months, former boss Unai Emery is certainly wary of the striker leading Arsenal’s attack.

“Aubameyang is a killer,” said the Villarreal coach on Wednesday. 

“He was, he is and he will always be. He has been through a process of being out of the team because of the illness he has had but he is back.

“He is there to work, to defend the team and give everything for the team, hoping he can perform at the top level and if that happens he is going to be very difficult to stop.

 

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