Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta pleased with Smith Rowe’s consistency over recent games

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has today spoken highly of Emile Smith Rowe.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Brighton, England.The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal are back in Premier League action later this week, on the back of their recent FA Cup triumph over Newcastle.

The Gunners will play host to Crystal Palace, aiming to keep their fine recent run of form alive.

Mikel Arteta’s men have now won four games in a row across all competitions, three of which came in the Premier League.

These victories lifted Arsenal up to 11th in the English top-flight, though they remain off the pace of the top-six.

As a result, the north Londoners will no doubt be keen to see off a Crystal Palace side who themselves have slipped down to 14th in the table.

Arteta speaks out over Smith Rowe

Ahead of Thursday’s clash, meanwhile, Mikel Arteta today opened up on Emile Smith Rowe.

The young midfielder has been in fine form since finally being handed a regular chance to impress of late.

Smith Rowe scored one and assisted one across Arsenal’s trio of Premier League wins over the last couple of weeks, and, most recently, netted the key opener in the Gunners’ downing of Newcastle.

In turn, when drawn on the Englishman’s efforts earlier today, Arteta was quick to praise Smith Rowe for his ability to ‘do it in consecutive games’:

“Call him Emile. Let’s keep it simple. It’s just the start and there’s a lot to do.

“I’ve been impressed with his performances and the capacity that he’s shown to do it in consecutive games which normally with young players is not something that is very common.

“The other day he came into the game when we needed a different energy and a threat in the box he did exactly what we expected and he scored the goal, which is something that we’ve been talking to him about.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 17 16 33
2 Manchester United FC 16 9 33
3 Leicester City FC 17 10 32
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 14 29
5 Manchester City FC 15 11 29
6 Southampton FC 17 7 29
7 Everton FC 16 6 29
8 Aston Villa FC 15 13 26
9 Chelsea FC 17 11 26
10 West Ham United FC 17 3 26
11 Arsenal FC 17 1 23
12 Leeds United 17 -3 23
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 17 -6 22
14 Crystal Palace FC 17 -7 22
15 Newcastle United FC 16 -8 19
16 Burnley FC 15 -11 16
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 17 -7 14
18 Fulham FC 15 -10 11
19 West Bromwich Albion 17 -28 8
20 Sheffield United FC 17 -21 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 10
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 8
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 6
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 5
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 5
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 5

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