Arsenal fans are going crazy for Emile Smith-Rowe’s stunning free-kick against Colchester on Tuesday night.
Smith-Rowe netted a lovely free-kick during the Arsenal u18s’ 5-1 victory over Colchester in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final.
😱 What a free-kick, @emilesmithrowe_!
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 6, 2018
The 17-year-old’s outrageous free-kick from the edge of the area was his first goal of two during the Young Guns’ emphatic victory. This means the attacking midfielder has found the back of the net seven times in 15 appearances for Arsenal’s u18s this term.
Smith-Rowe’s fine form is not just impressing Arsenal fans – they’re calling for Arsene Wenger to start him against AC Milan and claiming the teenager is better than Mesut Ozil. At the moment, at least.
These players show more fight and determination than the first team
— Andrew Jackson (@Andrew_J97) March 6, 2018
@Arsenal this kids and arsenal ladies are the only thing keeping us alive now
— Mcgunners okoye (@Mcklose10) March 6, 2018
This guy 🔥
— useless_yusuf (@useless_yusuf) March 6, 2018
@emilesmithrowe_ whip city 🔥
— Charlie Jobe (@CharlieJobe) March 6, 2018
It’s a shame the first team can’t do that
— Big O (@osman_c10) March 6, 2018
He reminds me of Arshavin. Great finesse. Beckham style..again I’m saying that.
— #LuyandaTheGooner (@Luyanda_MP) March 6, 2018
Better than Ozil
— Matt Sloan (@Sloan_12) March 6, 2018
This kid is so good
— E (@ManLikeRambo) March 6, 2018
— Dick Jones (@DickJones_11) March 6, 2018
— Mèmžì (@Durchiga) March 6, 2018
Payet esque I think 🤔🙌🏾
— Reuel (@ldn_rt) March 7, 2018
Smith Rowe is in one hell of a form. What a talented prospect we have.
— Ludo (@DatBonobo) March 7, 2018
— Jim Clark (@Jim_Clark_94) March 7, 2018
Said it a few years ago this guy is going to be great.
— Hussain (@MHGooner95) March 7, 2018
That’s top bins mate 👌
— VCC (@AFCwkd) March 6, 2018
What a player
— Gunman (@TheFamousGunner) March 6, 2018
Arsenal youngsters Bukayo Saka, Folarin Balogun and Xavier Amaechi also found the back of the net during their side’s thumping of Colchester.
Fans are saying that their performance was far more convincing that anything the first team have produced this season.
If Arsenal fans are having to rely on their teenagers’ results to lift the entire club because Arsene Wenger’s strongest XI still aren’t turning up, or showing half the heart, we’ve got big problems. Although I probably didn’t need to tell you that.
He should be promoted to the first team based on this
— Samuel (@seynx) March 6, 2018
@darrenwhite2302 get him in your first team!
— Luke H. (@Luke3Bsea) March 7, 2018
Start him vs milan
— Mentally Unprepared (@TheOzilVision) March 6, 2018
Feel sorry for the kid tbh tbh youth players are looking great but don’t get the breaks any more
— Brett Hall (@Brett1Hall) March 6, 2018
Send theses lot to the match on Thursday instead
— Jake B (@Jake00739795) March 6, 2018
I’m not a arsenal fan but I’m not biased but that player looks like he could do better than some in the first team rn
— Alex F (@alexf2406) March 6, 2018
Might want to get them on the first team then cause the first team can’t score.
— James (@jamesgunn182) March 7, 2018
As it stands, Emile-Rowe hasn’t been submitted for Arsenal’s Europa League squad so unfortunately isn’t eligible to play against Milan.