The 20-year-old underlined why he is ahead of the well-paid Brazilian in the pecking order by coming off the bench to inspire a 2-0 win over Newcastle

Less than a month ago, Emile Smith Rowe hadn’t started a league game in over a year.

Now, Arsenal’s brilliant young playmaker will be one of the first names on the team-sheet when Mikel Arteta names his side to face Crystal Palace on Thursday night.

Smith Rowe didn’t even start Saturday night’s FA Cup third-round tie against Newcastle, such is his importance to Arteta now, but he still came off the bench to inspire a 2-0 victory and earn himself the man of the match award.

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