Wright feels Emile Smith Rowe is creating a problem for Mikel Arteta after scoring his seventh goal of the season against Leeds

The English forward made sure that the North London outfit left Elland Road with all three points after he came off of the bench in the 78th minute and fired a fierce strike past Ilan Meslier six minutes later.

Fellow youngsters Gabriel Martinelli, who scored twice, and Bukayo Saka meant that Arteta’s side had a three-goal advantage heading into the half-time break.

Raphinha then converted a 75th-minute penalty to give Marcelo Bielsa’s side a glimmer of home.

However, Smith Rowe’s influence in his short stint on the pitch meant that the Whites had little chance of mounting a late comeback, and his goal capped off a commendable 12-minute cameo.

Speaking to Premier League Productions after the game, Gunners hero Wright spoke of how the 21-year-old is in unignorably good form and how Arteta he must rotate his team to fit him in, he said: “At the moment what he’s doing is brilliant”

“What you’re seeing with Emile Smith Rowe is ‘Ok, I’m out of the team but when I come on, I don’t care if I’m getting two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes, I’m going to get a chance, I’m going to make sure I score.’

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“What he’s doing now, what he’s realised is that it’s about goals, it’s about end product.

“It’s something that he’s worked on and the manager’s wanted him to work on and now he’s showing the manager ‘right if you put me on the bench I’m looking to score a goal.’

“He’s done it and given the manager another problem and that is exactly what you want.”

Seven goals and two assists in 16 appearances is no mean feat and Smith Rowe is really staking his claim as to why he needs to be a central figure in Gareth Southgate’s England plans going forward.

He made his Three Lions debut last month against Albania and scored his first international goal in England’s memorable 10-0 victory over San Marino shortly after.

Given how impressive Smith Rowe has been this season, Arteta’s decision to continue benching the academy product raised eyebrows, but the Spaniard didn’t shy away from praising the former Huddersfield loanee at full-time which suggests the rotation wasn’t performance-related.

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Speaking after the match, Arteta said: “They [the young players] are learning and they’re making a difference in the game. The senior players are playing a big role too.

“That’s what he [Gabriel Martinelli] can do. He’s getting a level of maturity. He’s so willing to learn. His passion in life is football. You can see that on the pitch.

“[Emile Smith Rowe has scored] seven in the league which is a remarkable figure. We wanted him to add it to his game.”

It remains to be seen just how long Arteta can continue to play his settled starting XI and thus bench Smith Rowe, especially considering the forward has scored three goals in 106 minutes of Premier League football over the past three games despite starting just once.

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