Emile Smith Rowe followed in Cesc Fabregas’ footsteps with creative exploits in North London Derby



A hugely impressive statistic – surrounding Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe – has come to the fore on the back of Sunday’s latest North London Derby.

Laca completes the turnaround

Hostilities were of course renewed at the Emirates a little over 24 hours ago.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners welcomed Tottenham to the red half of north London, for a highly anticipated Premier League showdown.

It was the visitors who headed into proceedings both in better form and with more to play for, having worked their way back into the fight for European football over the last couple of weeks.

When all was said and done in the capital, however, it was Arsenal who emerged on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.

Spurs took the lead in the clash just past the half-hour mark, when Erik Lamela directed a Goal of the Season contender into the far corner of Bernd Leno’s net:

Arsenal, though, after rattling the woodwork on a pair of occasions, were eventually rewarded for their efforts with an equaliser on the stroke of the interval.

Martin Odegaard was the man responsible, capping off a fine week with his first Premier League goal from close range.

And the clash was then turned on its head 20 minutes into the 2nd-half, as Alexandre Lacazette lashed home from the penalty spot, securing all 3 points for the Gunners in the process:

ESR shining

In turn, on the back of their impressive comeback victory, it subsequently came as little surprise to see a host of members of Mikel Arteta’s squad singled out for praise.

The likes of Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Magalhaes and match-winner Lacazette all impressed, en route to a morale-boosting 3 points.

It is in fact another of Arsenal’s stars, however, who’s exploits on Sunday resulted in him joining a rather exclusive North London Derby club.

The player in question? Emile Smith Rowe.

Midfielder Smith Rowe has of course shone on an almost weekly basis this season, since first being handed the chance to showcase his talents on a consistent basis by Arteta late last year.

And yesterday’s showdown proved no different, with it having been revealed that the 20-year-old created no fewer than four goalscoring opportunities against Tottenham, making him the youngest player to manage such a feat in the North London Derby since Cesc Fabregas, all the way back in 2007:

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1 Manchester City FC 30 43 71
2 Manchester United FC 29 24 57
3 Leicester City FC 29 21 56
4 Chelsea FC 29 19 51
5 West Ham United FC 28 10 48
6 Everton FC 28 3 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 28 17 45
8 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
9 Aston Villa FC 27 11 41
10 Arsenal FC 28 8 41
11 Crystal Palace FC 29 -16 37
12 Leeds United 28 -3 36
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
14 Southampton FC 29 -15 33
15 Burnley FC 29 -15 33
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 28 -7 29
17 Newcastle United FC 28 -17 28
18 Fulham FC 29 -14 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 29 -37 18
20 Sheffield United FC 29 -34 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8

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