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Arteta: Emile Smith Rowe can become one of Europe's elite footballers.

Goals from Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe, and Willian helped Arsenal beat West Brom 3-1.

Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal [BBC Motd Screen Shot]
Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal [BBC Motd Screen Shot]

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has challenged Emile Smith Rowe to become one of the best-attacking midfielders in Europe.

Manager Mikel Arteta is convinced Arsenal midfield maestro Emile Smith Rowe can become one of the top players in Europe if he registers more goals and assists.

The Croydon-born midfielder, who has been a regular since breaking into the first team in December, registered his first Premier League goal in Arsenal's 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

The win for the north London club meant Sam Allardyce’s Baggies were relegated and increased the Gunners’ chances of securing European qualification for the 2021-22 campaign.

After the clash at the Emirates over the weekend, Arteta said that the 20-year-old has the qualities "to score 15 goals" a season.

"He's having an incredible season ever since he started to play in December,” the Spaniard said as the Evening Standard quoted.

"But he's scoring his first Premier League goal. An incredible season for a No 10 of Arsenal means he needs to score 15 goals and give 10 assists.

"Then you are right up there with the top guys in Europe and in the league. He's got the ability to do it but he hasn't done it.

"We need to stay calm with him, give him the right support, and step by step, I think he will be getting there."

Brazil winger Willian also heaped praise on the no.10, saying: "He is a fantastic player and I think he has a great future for sure.

"He has technique and everything to become one of the best players in the league and I am happy for him."

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