Emile Smith Rowe lived up to his billing as one of Arsenal’s hottest prospects with a superb goal against Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal prospect Emile Smith Rowe scored a superb solo goal to earn his team a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup as Unai Emery was treated to a showcase of the potential in his squad.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder impressed throughout the first of Arsenal’s three pre-season friendlies in Singapore and showed just why he is one of the club’s most talked-about young players when he scored from outside the box early in the second half.
The goal cancelled out Luciano Vietto’s opener for Atletico, who were without the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez but nevertheless exposed Arsenal’s defensive frailties on occasion and looked the better organised of the two teams.
Arsenal’s young guns failed to fire in the penalty shoot-out, though, with Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah missing their spot-kicks along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Atletico triumphed 3-1.
Emery gave valuable minutes to new additions Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos in a side that blended youth and experience, with Alexandre Lacazette looking sharp as he prepared to continue the good form he enjoyed in 2017-18.
OH EMILE SMITH ROWE THAT IS SPECIAL! @emilesmithrowe_ strides forward and curls his shot right into the top corner