Mikel Arteta praised Arsenal midfielder, Emile Smith Rowe, after his match-winning performance against Aston Villa in the Premier League. The youngster scored a goal and provided an assist while picking up the Man of the Match in a 3-1 win. The Gunners dominated the game and eased to victory thanks to goals from Rowe, Thomas Partey, and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Jacob Ramsey pulled one back for the visitors that proved to be nothing more than a consolation. Villa had seen two bids for the England U21 international turned down during the summer transfer window.
“When you want to take the game to the next level when you become a real important player in such a big club, that should be the only priority and every detail is important and relevant,” Mikel Arteta said talking about Emile Smith Rowe. “You have to make him aware of that, you cannot give percentages away that can make big differences and he has changed that. Credit to him and obviously the staff here that are all the time monitoring and building that education with him and he’ll only get better. He should demand that in his game because he is capable of doing it. I’m pleased that that is developing. He still needs to develop more in other areas as well.”
“The other night he wasn’t 100 percent fit but he stepped forward and he wanted to play with a difficult injury that he had,” he added. “There is no complaining, he is just looking forwards, he is really determined, he has changed the way he is living as well a little bit and some of the habits that he had and he’s been superb.”