Emile Smith Rowe out to match Nicolas Anelka goalscoring feat

Emile Smith Rowe out to match Nicolas Anelka goalscoring feat

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,23RD FEB,2022-Arsenal attacker Emile Smith Rowe will be aiming to join Nicolas Anelka in an elite goal scoring club when the Gunners welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Emirates for Thursday’s Premier League contest.

The Hale End graduate returned to the starting lineup against Brentford amid Gabriel Martinelli‘s suspension and opened the scoring in some style during Saturday’s 2-1 win.

Smith Rowe’s strike against the Bees marked his ninth Premier League goal of the season, and he will endeavour to keep his place on the left despite Martinelli’s return.

Should Smith Rowe find the back of the net on Thursday night, he will become only the second-ever Arsenal player aged 21 or under to score 10 Premier League goals in a single campaign.

Only Anelka has previously done so for Arsenal, scoring 17 goals in the 1998-99 season – as well as contributing five assists – before his transfer to Real Madrid.

Smith Rowe’s nine Premier League goals this season sees him sit atop the Arsenal scoring charts, with the 21-year-old boasting two more than closest rival Bukayo Saka.

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