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The popular Gunners midfielder, 21, was extremely influential in Sunday’s impressive 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium, scoring his side’s first goal after sweeping Bukayo Saka’s cut back before quickly becoming Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s supplier.

Smith Rowe has been a key figure in Arsenal’s resurgence after a terrible start to the season for the club under Mikel Arteta, whose team have now achieved four straight wins in all competitions and moved up to 10th place from Premier League, overtaking struggling Spurs in the process.

A goal, an assist and a man of the match performance in a North London derby triumph would be a truly special occasion for any Arsenal academy graduate, but Smith Rowe said the presence of those close to him in the crowd on Sunday only made the experience more memorable.

“It’s probably the happiest day of my life,” he told Sky Sports. “Having my family here too is a special feeling.

“I feel like we’ve worked so hard. We’ve had a tough start to the season. I feel like it’s going really well right now, but we have to keep our heads up.”


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