Arsenal’s Smith Rowe reveals his winner at Chelsea was the result of hard work on the training pitch

Emile Smith Rowe reveals his winner was the result of hard work on the training pitch after Arsenal pounced on mistake by Jorginho to secure victory at Stamford Bridge

  • Jorginho’s misplaced back-pass left Arrizabalaga scrambling across goal 
  • Aubameyang collected loose ball and teed up Smith Rowe to slot home
  • The victory meant the Gunners completed the double over the Blues 

Emile Smith Rowe revealed his goal had been the result of hard work on the training pitch after Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho’s misplaced back-pass left the out-of-position Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambling across goal, with the Spain stopper forced to parry off the line.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang teed up Smith Rowe to slot home in the 16th minute and secure Arsenal’s third-straight Premier League victory.

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe celebrates scoring the only goal of the game in the win at Chelsea

Afterwards Smith Rowe told Sky Sports: ‘Important result, we had to dig deep, it was a tough test but important for our season.

‘We worked on the pressing in training, high press and we did well to make them make the mistake and Auba [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] set me up which was good.’

Asked if his goal was lucky, he added: ‘That happens sometimes, I’m happy it went in but it was a slightly lucky finish. It means so much to score for this fantastic club, I just want to keep pushing on.

Smith Rowe scored from a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (not pictured) cutback in the first half

Smith Rowe scored from a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (not pictured) cutback in the first half

‘I’m so tired but I feel like we played well, we looked tired at times but we got the three points and showed our character, we defended really well in patches and after this tough season it was a good performance from us today.

‘We’re working really hard in training and showed this season how good we can be, but we need to keep pushing forward.’

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Arsenal ‘open contract talks with Emile Smith Rowe’ after the midfielder’s impressive season

Arsenal ‘open contract talks with Emile Smith Rowe’ after the midfielder’s impressive season… as Mikel Arteta looks to tie down another youngster to a long-term deal following Folarin Balogun’s extension

  • Arsenal are looking to tie down Emile Smith Rowe to a new long-term contract 
  • The midfielder has become a key part of Mikel Arteta’s side this season
  • The 20-year-old has made 31 appearances in all competitions this term 
  • The Gunners secured the future of striker Folarin Balogun this week

Arsenal will look to tie down Emile Smith Rowe to a new long-term contract after securing the future of Folarin Balogun, according to reports.

The midfielder, who is contracted at the club until 2023, has become a key part of Mikel Arteta’s side this season with five goals and seven assists in 31 appearances across all competitions.

According to The Athletic, the Gunners have begun talks over an extension and are confident the 20-year-old will committ his long-term future to the club. 

Arsenal are reportedly looking to tie down Emile Smith Rowe to a new long-term contract

Sportsmail reported in January that the youngster was set to be offered a £40,000-per-week deal after his impressive performances.

Buakyo Saka signed a new contract earlier this season while Balogun put pen to paper on Monday.

Arteta was full of praise for Smith Rowe and Saka after the pair played a starring role in Arsenal’s victory over Slavia Prague in the Europa League earlier this month.

The Gunners have already secured the future of 19-year-old striker Folarin Balogun

The Gunners have already secured the future of 19-year-old striker Folarin Balogun 

The 20-year-old has had an impressive season with five goals and seven assists in 31 games

The 20-year-old has had an impressive season with five goals and seven assists in 31 games

‘For me it is a joy to watch them play, to watch them every day in training,’ Arteta said when asked about their performances.

‘How they behave, the passion and the commitment they have for the club. And then how much they like to play football.

‘You have to let them express themselves, and give them certain frameworks to work in and some ideas on how they can exploit their qualities. Then it is up to them and I thought both of them were really good today.’

Smith Rowe made his first-team debut in 2018 before being sent out on loan to RB Leipzig and Huddersfield.

Since returning from his spell with the Championship club last season, he has cemented a regular place in the senior squad and has drawn praise for his eye-catching performances.

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