Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe both made it into double figures for Premier League goals for the first season in their careers on Wednesday night.

Arsenal's English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON / AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON / AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal overcame Chelsea in a 4-2 win on Wednesday night, with young stars Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe joining fellow academy graduate Eddie Nketiah in scoring the Gunners’ goals.

For Saka and Smith Rowe, the goals were milestones, as they both reached 10 Premier League goals for the first season in their careers.

Smith Rowe had never scored more than twice in a senior league campaign before this year, whilst Saka’s career-high was five. But with the extra responsibility they’ve taken on this season, their output has dramatically increased.

Smith Rowe’s right-footed finish was also notable because it means he’s now scored an equal number of goals (14) with his left foot and his right foot – in all club matches from the u21s and up.

The 21-year-old has never been afraid to take on a shot, regardless of which side the ball falls to him on, and he’s reaping the rewards this campaign.

Arsenal's English midfielder Bukayo Saka celebrates after scoring their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on April 20, 2022. - Arsenal won the game 4-2. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s English midfielder Bukayo Saka celebrates after scoring their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on April 20, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

The young duo will probably be happy enough to have reached double figures for the league season, but they can’t afford to stop there.

Arsenal have tough games against Manchester United, West Ham United, and Tottenham Hotspur coming up, and even fixtures against a reinvigorated Leeds United and Newcastle United don’t look easy. Even Everton are finding form.

Mikel Arteta’s side need as many goals as possible from those fixtures if they want to make the top four, so they need Saka and Smith Rowe to keep producing.

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