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09-11-2021 | 10:33 Football

Rio Ferdinand compares Emile Smith Rowe to former Arsenal stars

Rio Ferdinand thinks Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe has a similar playing style to that of Alexander Hleb and Robert Pires. The 21-year-old has recently signed a new long-term deal with the boyhood club, taking over the iconic No.10 shirt previously worn by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp.

Smith Rowe’s rise continued earlier today as he replaced Marcus Rashford and James Ward-Prowse in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the side’s World Cup qualifiers versus Albania and San Marino.

And ex-Manchester United defender Ferdinand feels Smith Rowe has been central to Arsenal’s revival and waxed lyrical about the young Englishman on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel.
"There’s a team, there’s a united team. There’s a togetherness that I haven’t seen at Arsenal for a long time," Ferdinand said.   "There’s nobody doing more right now than Emile Smith Rowe.   "He reminds me, with more end product it seems right now and I think he’ll go onto levels, his style is a little bit Hleb.   "He plays low, socks similar, the way he moves and manipulates the ball, can keep people off balance all game. He’s got a bit of Hleb about him.   "He’s got a Robert Pires vibe a little bit."
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