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From 20th to the TOP – How Arsenal and Arteta Prove the Critics Wrong with six games



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It wasn’t a while back that  Arsenal were grounded to the bottom of the Premier League table at the same time their fierce rivals Tottenham were undefeated at the very top.

Every media outlet in the land was timely to classify the Gunners as a club in crisis while simultaneously talking up Manchester United’s trophy-winning potential.

Catching up to the present day, Nuno Espirito Santo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are under substantial pressure after a sequel of poor results while Mikel Arteta has plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

Arsenal are undefeated in all competitions since they were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City at the end of August – a run of eight games and counting.

Six of those eight fixtures have all resulted in victory. Several players have participated in the dramatic turnaround but possibly none more so than Emile Smith Rowe (£2.6m).

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The 21-year-old has created more opportunities (19) than any of his teammates in all competitions this season.

In terms of tangible attacking creation, he’s scored three goals and delivered two assists in 820 minutes of action – a goal involvement every 164 minutes is very respectable.

It was a great show of faith from the club to give Smith Rowe the No.10 shirt at the beginning of the season, a move that strengthened the assumption that he is already able to entirely impact Premier League games in the manner of prior high-profile players to wear the shirt such as Mesut Ozil, Robin van Persie, and Dennis Bergkamp.

Arsenal knocked back a proposal from Aston Villa in the summer only for the England youth international to rub salt into the wounds with a Star Man display against Dean Smith’s side last Friday.

Smith Rowe scored one goal and assisted another as Arteta’s men emerged as deserving 3-1 winners.

The 15-point journey was his biggest of the season so far, taking his overall Dream Team tally to 33 – only Mason Mount (£4.0m) and Phil Foden (£5.5m) have scored more points among midfielders so far this Game Week.

In terms of Smith Rowe’s position in the overall rankings, he’s still a couple of points off breaking into the top 15 midfielders but it’s no elaboration to suggest he could breach the top ten at some stage this season.

At £2.6m he’s relatively priced and could unlock the budget to invest elsewhere for Dream Team bosses in need of a reshuffle.

Arsenal doesn’t have European fixtures to fulfill this season but they did advance to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win over Leeds on Tuesday night, potentially giving Smith Rowe some extra chances to score points.

Plus, their league fixtures are very favorable until the end of November.

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They face an inconsistent Leicester before welcoming Watford to the Emirates – Liverpool will provide a tough test but a follow-up fixture at home to Newcastle should provide adequate relief.

If only Martin Tyler would stop calling Smith Rowe ‘the Croydon De Bruyne’ every 15 minutes.

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