Arsenal loanee Matt Smith provided another assist for Swindon Town over the weekend, in one of his best performances yet.

Matt Smith celebrates scoring for Swindon Town against Shrewsbury Town (Photo via Swindon Town on Twitter)
Matt Smith celebrates with Swindon Town (Photo via Swindon Town on Twitter)

Matt Smith has already been one of Arsenal’s most consistent loan performers this season, but he was on top of his game against Bristol Rovers over the weekend.

The midfielder created five chances, including one big chance, so arguably he was unlucky to end the match with just one assist. All the same, you can’t complain too much when you set up the winning goal.

Off the ball, Smith made four tackles and an interception without being dribbled past once, winning a free-kick without giving a single one away.

That’s not a one-off, he’s been doing that all season so far.

In League One, Smith leads (or jointly leads) Swindon Town for tackles, interceptions, chances created, big chances created, and goals. With 20 chances created and five big chances, he’s a little unlucky not to lead the team for assists – he has two.

Across the entire league, Smith is in the top-20 for tackles and chances created, and the top-10 for interceptions and big chances created. That’s from well over 500 players.

There’s no use in the player getting carried away with his own success so far. It’s a long season and he needs to keep proving himself.

Not to mention how badly Swindon need him to keep his form up, sitting in 18th place. But it’s a great start.