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Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe looked up to Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla as he broke into the Gunners’ first team. Smith Rowe made his senior debut in a midfield including Ozil in 2018 and has gone on to take the German’s No. 10 shirt. 

Smith Rowe’s emergence alongside a couple of other Arsenal youngsters has been the highlight of Mikel Arteta’s reign.  

The 21-year-old has often found himself on the bench in recent months but has played a key role when brought on by the Spaniard.  

Arteta last season urged Smith Rowe to improve his numbers in the final third and the playmaker has delivered on his boss’ request.  

Nine goals and a further two assists make him one of the most productive midfielders in the Premier League

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Eleven goal contributions is the type of start that Ozil and Cazorla would have welcomed alongside their names in years gone by.  

And Smith Rowe has revealed that the pair played a key role as he settled into first-team life as a teenager.  

“Sometimes the first team players would come down and take some sessions [with the academy] which was good at the time,” Smith Rowe said in an interview with former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg for gaming platform FIFA. 

“Looking up to them as well – and obviously I’ve got his [squad] number now – Mesut Ozil, everyone knows how good he is, and I’m seeing him in training and doing the things that he’s done, and just to get an opportunity to be on the same pitch was just crazy at the time.

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“There’s always something in my opinion [that you can work on] if you’re being a very critical coach,” he said. 

“If you can just look at it from the outside and when I look at you for example, you can do them all.  

“You have the physical presence, you’re big, you have pace, you have technique, you have a good shot. 

“So, in my opinion there is no limit. The limit, I think, is you.” 

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