Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe has given manager Mikel Arteta a selection headache after he came on to score during the Premier League win at Leeds United at the weekend. The newly capped England national team player started the game on the bench before he wrapped up the thumping 4-1 away victory at the expense of Leeds United minutes after coming on as a substitute in the second half.
Smith-Rowe had come on as a second half substitute during the penultimate league game at home against top-four rivals West Ham United and he was responsible for the second Arsenal goal three minutes from the end of the game off the assist from Bukayo Saka as he helped his team secure a 2-0 win over the Hammers who finished the game with ten men after Czech right-back Vladimir Coufal was given his marching orders at the midway stage of the second half.
For the Leeds United game, Smith-Rowe came on for Saka on 78 minutes with the scoreline at 3-1 in favour of Arsenal and he scored the fourth goal six minutes later to seal the win and help the Gunners consolidate their position in the top four places on the Premier League table.
With his goal against Leeds United on Saturday, Smith-Rowe is now the leading goalscorer for Arsenal in all competitions with eight goals. He’s also their leading goalscorer in the Premier League with seven goals.