TONY ADAMS praised Emile Smith Rowe before Arsenal dominated Tottenham in the North London derby but said he didn’t want young people running the club.
But the Gunners legend need not worry as Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka rioted in the Emirates.
Saka, 20, and Smith Rowe, 21, put in near-perfect performances on Sunday as Mikel Arteta’s men won 3-1.
The two men entered the scoresheet and Smith Rowe broke his stomach in preparation for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike as he dismissed the Gabonese to bring the score to 2-0.
These were performances by seasoned pros rather than young men at the start of their careers.
If anything, it was the senior leaders who let down the last gloomy months in the UAE.
And you feel that’s what club legend Adams meant before the game when he said, “It shouldn’t be the kids running the club.”
The 54-year-old told Sky Sports: “I was playing with Dennis Bergkamp and he was playing one touch so much.
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“The guy has a statue there so I don’t want to put him [Smith Rowe] alongside Dennis.
“But his footballing intelligence, the way he gets it, he sees it before it comes to him.
“The unique touch [football] he plays is amazing.
“And Saka is a fantastic boy, a great human being and a lovely child.
“It shouldn’t be the kids running this club, that’s the problem I have.”
Long after Sunday’s performance, Adams and Gooners around the world should have no worries about their ability to lead North Londoners.
Smith Rowe was scintillating from the start and stepped into the box to end Saka’s perfect cross to slide home and give the Gunners a deserved lead after 12 minutes.
He then sprinted from inside his own half to be available for Aubameyang, advanced after receiving the ball and kept a calm head to play it in the striker’s path for Arsenal’s second.
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Saka came in 11 minutes before half-time himself when he beat Eric Dier on the right, got a big share of the fortune as the ball fell back into his way on a slipping Kane and failed. not tricked by splitting the ball at home with his right foot.
Both men had energy bags throughout and proved that when supported by old heads like Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka – who were both excellent – they are even more dangerous.
Arsenal captains in the making for sure.
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the-sun : Adams may not want young people to lead the Gunners, but he doesn’t have to worry as Saka and Smith Rowe dominate Spurs