Emile Smith Rowe was handed his first start for Arsenal last night, and the 18 year old acquitted himself well in the 3-1 win over Brentford.
He was particularly lively in the first period, showing real pace and drive, and even up to the point of his 63rd minute substitution he was working hard and making tackles as we protected the lead.
His performance, and his general quality, is something that some of his more senior teammates were happy to expand upon afterwards.
Danny Welbeck, who scored twice to take his tally to the season to four, said, “He’s a great player, we see it every day in training and he’s had lots of great performances in the under-23s.
“We see the ability when he has got, and everyone has welcomed him and tried to give him advice and he has a lot of talent.
“We hope to see a lot more of him in the first team.”
While Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also been impressed with what he’s seen from the attacking midfielder.
“I am very happy for him because he did a good game, and for the other players as well,” said the Armenian international.
“Everyone showed that everyone is ready to play and it doesn’t matter what kind of game it’s going to be, Premier League, Carabao Cup, FA Cup or Europa league.
“Everyone is ready to play and to help Arsenal succeed.”