Emile Smith Rowe started his second Premier League game in a row in the 1-0 win over Brighton this evening, and the 20 year old impressed again as the Gunners took three points at the Amex Stadium.
The attacking midfielder, like everyone else, struggled to impose himself in the first half, but in the second 45 he produced some excellent moments, and his desire to drive the team forward was evident in the way he played.
Speaking to the official site afterwards, he expressed his delight at being given the chance to play.
“I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said.
“It’s a dream for me to play for this club. I’m so happy and grateful that the manager’s shown faith in me and given me the chance.
“I’ve just got to keep training hard, and then when I get the opportunity I’ve got to take it.”
On the game itself, he continued, “Mikel told us the game would open up in the second half so we just tried to keep the belief, the confidence and you could see we started to create more chances.
“Laca got the goal that helped us.”
The win moved the Gunners up into 13th, with a 7 point gap to the relegation places, and just 6 points off 5th.