Carragher hails 'special' Emile Smith Rowe as he and Arsenal display

Jamie Carragher hails ‘special’ Emile Smith Rowe as he insists Arsenal star is the best in the Premier League ‘running with the ball’- as he and Gary Neville praise Gunners display to seal ‘important’ win over Aston Villa

  •  Arsenal defeated Aston Villa in a convincing 3-1 league win on Friday night
  •  Thomas Partey broke his duck before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled 
  •  Emile Smith Rowe later added a third for the Gunners with a deflected effort
  • Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville hailed the youngster’s ‘special’ performance 

Arsenal stormed to a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Friday and both Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville were full of praise for Emile Smith Rowe’s impressive role in the victory.

Thomas Partey broke his duck with a goal off his shoulder before a controversial second from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and deflected third from summer Villa target Smith Rowe wrapped up Arsenal’s win.

Following the resounding win, Carragher hailed Arsenal’s brilliant display as he singled out ‘special talent’ Smith Rowe as a future England international.

Impressive Emile Smith Rowe scored his fourth Premier League goal in the second half

Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville (right) were both full of praise for Smith Rowe

‘I thought Arsenal were brilliant, I really did. It was very difficult for Villa to make two or three passes,’ the former Liverpool man told Sky Sports.

‘Lacazette and Aubameyang were brilliant tonight. Even the supporters weren’t sure who the leaders are in this team but they both gave a real leader’s performance tonight.

‘Emile Smith Rowe will get England caps, absolutely no doubt. There are so many good young players. He’ll have to bide his time, there are other young players ahead of him right now but I absolutely love that lad. 

Smith Rowe maintained the Gunner’s momentum with a deflected effort at the near post 

‘I always want him to do well, you’re urging him on. To watch him in full flow, I’ve said he’s the best player in the Premier League running the ball. 

‘He’s so exciting, the pace, moving with the ball. He’s a special talent. He can pop up in different positions, he has that ability to play all four positions up top and that’s a real bonus.’

Carragher’s partner in crime Gary Neville also had praise for the Gunners youngster, saying his performances are ‘wonderful to watch’.

‘He’s a breath of fresh air. Him and Saka make you feel joy about football. They still play with that spirit and it’s wonderful to watch,’ said Neville.

The TV pundit also stressed the significance of the win for Mikel Arteta’s side after they scrambled to a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday.

‘It was really important for Arsenal to win after what happened on Monday night. There was some pressure on them and they delivered. 

Arsenal returned to winning ways in the league with a comfortable victory against Aston Villa 

It was an important win for Mikel Arteta’s side after scraping a point against Palace this week 

‘They did enough, it’s been a good night for them. Arsenal come out of the traps really quickly and they go for it.’

Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead just before half-time under a cloud of slight controversy.   

Referee Craig Pawson had a chance to check a challenge on Alexandre Lacazette in the box and eventually awarded a penalty after a lengthy review of the incident on the pitch-side monitor.

The now standard Emiliano Martinez penalty mind-games followed and he initially won, saving Aubameyang’s penalty but the Arsenal captain reacted quickest to fire in the rebound.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had his spot kick saved but reacted to tuck home the rebound

‘That second goal on HT today was a really important moment in the match,’ added Neville.

‘I’m comfortable it’s a penalty. He lunges, he kicks Lacazette’s heel, it’s rash. The referees have taken a lot of a lighter touch.’

Following his side’s victory, Smith Rowe expressed his delight at his performance, while claiming there is more to come from Arsenal this season.

‘I’ve been working so hard in training, you need that bit of luck sometimes. I’m happy we got the three points and happy with my performance. It went to plan today,’ he said.

‘There are a few leaders. Aubameyang, Gabriel, the two centre-backs. We’re such a strong team, we’re coming together really well. 

‘There’s definitely (more to come). We’re working really hard, we’re not getting too carried away.’

The Gunners boss was also impressed with the starlet’s progress, saying: ‘He’s developing in the right direction, this is what we have to demand.’ 

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