Hale End academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe was once again pivotal for Arsenal at the weekend as he netted the only goal in the win against Watford.
The 21-year-old’s solitary strike was enough for the Gunners to claim the three points on Sunday, with his low effort from the edge of the area zipping past Hornets’ goalkeeper Ben Foster.
The goal was Smith Rowe’s fifth in all competitions for the Gunners so far throughout the current campaign, his most prolific season so far throughout his fledgling career, having previously spent time with RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town.
The young Englishman’s form has certainly been eye-catching over recent weeks, with his goal against Watford making it three consecutive Premier League appearances in which he has found the back of the net, having previously scored against Aston Villa and Leicester City.
Intriguingly, netting in three appearances in a row in the Premier League is not something that Arsenal’s previous No. 10, Mesut Ozil, managed in his entire time at the Emirates Stadium.
More famed for the creative role he played in north London, the German playmaker still managed to find the net on 33 occasions in the league following a move from Real Madrid in 2013.
Now 33, Ozil scored in back-to-back games on five separate occasions but never managed to carry that form into a third match – Smith Rowe managing that feat in just 33 appearances in the competition, compared to the German’s 184 outings before he departed to join Fenerbahce.
Smith Rowe has also joined a somewhat exclusive club by finding the net against Watford.
He became just the fourth Arsenal player at the age of 21 or under to net in three consecutive Premier League appearances after the exalted trio of Nicolas Anelka, Jose Antonio Reyes and Cesc Fabregas.
Smith Rowe will be keen to continue his goalscoring form after the international break with the Gunners set to take on Liverpool at Anfield.
Source by Football London