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“I’ve just got to keep my head down and stay focused and keep doing what I am doing."Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate said when naming his squad for this month’s internationals that the 21-year-old had been “very close” to a maiden call, but that he still needed to “earn that right”.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised the excellent Emile Smith Rowe for changing his lifestyle and improving his game after he put in a man-of-the-match performance in Friday’s win over Aston Villa.
The Gunners were the better side throughout and thoroughly deserved.
Thomas Partey got the ball rolling with his first Arsenal goal before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time after seeing his penalty saved.
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Smith Rowe capped a fine display against his summer suitors by adding the third, with substitute Jacob Ramsey pulling one back for the visitors.
Villa saw two bids for the England Under-21 international turned down in the summer, with Arteta insisting he was never worried Smith Rowe would leave the Emirates Stadium.
Smith Rowe now has two goals and two assists this season and Arteta has been pleased with the development of the academy graduate.
“When you want to take the game to the next level, when you become a real important player in such a big club, that should be the only priority and every detail is important and relevant,” he said.
“You have to make him aware of that, you cannot give percentages away that can make big differences and he has changed that.
Arsenal's 'midfield boss' makes the difference
Thomas Partey endured a frustrating start to his Arsenal career but he is beginning to show just how much he can give them.Arsenal supporters are still getting to know the 28-year-old following a stop-start first season in England, most of which was played behind closed doors. But this was him at his unflappable best. This was the player the club have pinned so much hope on.
“Credit to him and obviously the staff here that are all the time monitoring and build that education with him and he’ll only get better.
“He should demand that in his game because he is capable of doing it. I’m pleased that that is developing. He still needs to develop more in other areas as well.
“The other night he wasn’t 100 per cent fit but he stepped forward and he wanted to play with a difficult injury that he had.
“There is no complaining, he is just looking forwards, he is really determined, he has changed the way he is living as well a little bit and some of the habits that he had and he’s been superb.”
Arsenal moved level with sixth-placed Manchester United with the win, albeit having played a game more, and Arteta hailed a performance close to what he wants to see from his side more regularly following their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday.
“What I liked the most is the way the team reacted on Monday evening, how we finished the game and how they were in the dressing room,” he added.
“Accepting that it wasn’t good enough, that we played to a really good level in some parts, but to a level that is not acceptable in others. We are the youngest team in the league, but that is not an excuse.
“We cannot change the age, so we cannot find these kind of excuses. We have to find why those things happen in the game, find the right solutions and then put them right and believe they can play at that level, because they can.”
MARTIN KEOWN: Young Arsenal stars' work rate gives their team balance .
MARTIN KEOWN: Arsenal have wide players in Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe who are prepared to track back and help their team defensively, which guarantees balance.The 4-2-3-1 from last week is the same set-up and side I’d like to see against Leicester today, the one change being to replace the impressive Nuno Tavares with Kieran Tierney if he’s fit to start.