By Dandison Anusionwu
Saka and Smith Rowe have been key to the club’s success this season. They were promoted to the first team in 2018-19. Saka became a regular the following campaign, whilst Smith Rowe did so last season.
Patino is also a product of the Gunners’ youth academy. The 18-year-old scored on his first-team debut in the EFL Cup. The midfielder said about Saka and Smith Rowe
Bukayo and Emile are obviously very talented players, but I think what also separates them from a lot of other talented players who have come through is their attitude, their mindset, and how humble they are.
It’s very difficult coming straight from Hale End to London Colney and then getting straight to the first team without really going on loan. That’s a credit to their work ethic and what they do every day.
Saka has bagged nine goals and five assists in 28 league games this season. Meanwhile, Smith Rowe has scored nine goals and provided two assists in 24 league outings, helping the Gunners to fourth place in the points table.
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have formed a formidable partnership with Alexandre Lacazette in attack this season.
Lacazette Has NotBeen Offered A New Deal Yet
Lacazette has scored just four goals but has provided seven assists in 23 league games. The 30-year-old’s link-up play and ability to get his teammates involved has played a key role in Smith Rowe and Saka’s success.
The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the season, though, and he is not been offered a new deal yet. The Gunners are looking to sign a younger top-quality striker in the summer after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departed for Barcelona in January.
The Gunners parted ways with the Gabon striker after he was frozen out of the first team and stripped of the club’s captaincy by manager Mikel Arteta due to disciplinary breaches. Arsenal, though, did not sign a replacement for the 32-year-old.
Arsenal needs to bring a striker who can link up with Saka and Smith Rowe to continue their progress under Arteta.