Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe has revealed London rivals Chelsea turned down the chance to signal him as a teenager, as a result of they thought he ‘wasn’t sufficiently big’.
Gunners teen Smith Rowe has loved a breakthrough season on the Emirates, scored twice and contributing six targets in 22 outings in 2020/21.
But it surely might have been all so completely different for the previous RB Leipzig and Huddersfield loanee, who was additionally beforehand courted by north London rivals Tottenham – who his father helps!
“Yeah, I grew up in an space that ought to be extra Crystal Palace than the rest, however I used to be an Arsenal fan,” Smith Rowe instructed the Each day Mail.
“My Dad’s a Tottenham fan. My brother’s an Arsenal fan, fortunately, so I adopted him!
“I trialled at Chelsea and didn’t get in. One thing about me not being sufficiently big, I’ve heard! However Arsenal discovered and picked me up.
“They had been versatile, too. They knew I lived distant and instructed me to return in once I might.
“Tottenham confirmed curiosity however I stood by Arsenal. They’re my membership.”
Aside from his performances in an Arsenal shirt, Smith Rowe has additionally impressed together with his versatility this season.
Whereas normally a central midfielder, the 20-year-old has been performed out on the left at instances by Mikel Arteta within the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has even instructed talkSPORT that Smith Rowe’s greatest place is as an attacking No.10, saying the teenager is a greater possibility in that function than on-loan Actual Madrid ace Martin Odegaard, who has been most well-liked there in current video games.
Quizzed on the place he feels his greatest place is, Smith Rowe added: “I see myself as a No.10, on the within.
“However on the identical time, due to the best way we play at Arsenal, if I’m on the wing then the supervisor is telling me to float inside and be pure like a No. 10 anyway.
“I’m glad to play anyplace, you realize? I’m an Arsenal fan. I’ll play wherever I’m wanted and it’s good to be versatile.
“It’s a behavior for me to return inside if I’m on the left wing.”