Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe has opened up on the reason he turned Tottenham down as a youngster.
Smith Rowe starred during a 3-1 win against Chelsea last December and has been a mainstay in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup ever since.
The 21-year-old, who is valued at between €70million and €90million (£60million and £77million) on CIES, provided four goals and eight assists in all competitions last season – impressive reading considering his limited game time in the first half of the campaign.
The talented playmaker has continued his fine form so far this term, notching five goals and two assists already, earning himself a place in Gareth Southgate’s England team for World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino in the coming days.
Now, he has claimed that the Gunners’ local rivals Spurs attempted to sign him a few years ago but he rebuffed any interest from the Lilywhites.
“Tottenham wanted me when I was 15 or 16 but, as an Arsenal fan, I was never interested,” Smith Rowe said.
“I joined Arsenal at 10 and I was determined to make the grade at my club.”
The youngster netted the only goal of the game during Arsenal’s victory against Watford on Sunday afternoon, meaning he has now scored in each of his last three Premier League outings, a feat that only three other Arsenal players 21 or under have managed.
Smith Rowe joined Cesc Fabregas, Nicolas Anelka and Jose Antonio Reyes in that prestigious club and he admitted that is is sometimes hard to keep his feet on the ground when he is held in such high regard.
“It’s always difficult when everyone’s talking about you and stuff, but it’s good when it’s in a positive way,” he added.
“I try not to look at it as much as I can, I try to stay as focused as I can, but it’s good that I’m getting these positive comments about me.
“It’s unbelievable to be next to those names and a great moment, but the most important thing was getting the three points on Sunday.”
Source by Football London