Arsenal played Atletico Madrid earlier today, and at the end of 90 minutes the score was 1-1 thanks to a goal from Emile Smith Rowe.
The 17 year old’s second half strike caught the eye, and although we went on to lose the penalty shoot-out, he was a real positive.
He revealed after the game that he only found out last weekend that he was actually going, and was delighted with that decision and to make an impact in the game.
“I found out the Saturday before,” he said when asked when he knew he was part of the squad.
“We had a session in the morning and the kitman came up to me and said ‘Here’s your suitcase, you’re travelling.’
“Since that day, I’ve been so happy and I’ve enjoyed every moment. The players have been so welcoming to me and it’s a dream come true.”
As was scoring a goal of that quality, as he continued, “Honestly, I come on tour thinking I’ll try to impress the manager and play as well as I can but to get a goal is really a dream to me.”
As for his targets for the season ahead, he’s hoping to make an impact in Europe and give Unai Emery something to think about.
“That is my goal, to potentially get into the first team,” he said.
“This season, I’ve got to try to get as many minutes as I can. There’s the Europa league and if I can get a Premier League debut that’ll be good.
“I’m looking to stay here [not go on loan]. I’d like to keep my feet on the ground, keep my head down, work hard.”
Fair play to the lad, he’s definitely caught the manager’s eye with that display.