Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sets Emile Smith Rowe challenge after West Brom win

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has challenged Emile Smith Rowe to contribute more goals to the cause – but has urged for patience with the young star. Smith Rowe scored his first Premier League goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win over West Brom at the Emirates. The attacking midfielder volleyed home after being set up by the ever-impressive Bukayo Saka.

Smith Rowe has been a regular in the Arsenal side since his first league start of the season on Boxing Day against Chelsea.

Arteta wants the 20-year-old to match the standards required at a “top club” like Arsenal.

But the Spaniard also admits Smith Rowe must be given time, saying he has higher expectations for the likes of Willian and Nicolas Pepe who both scored against the Baggies.

“Look what you are saying – it’s the first Premier League goal for Emile,” Arteta told BT Sport.

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“So we are demanding him the standards here. But he’s playing at a top club and because he’s done well, now when you look at his numbers, he hasn’t done that enough and we cannot put those demands.

“With Willy, we have to. He’s done it in the past and we have to demand it much more, the same with Nico [Pepe], that he can do that and he needs to do that in a more consistent way, but with the young kids, patience.”

Arsenal’s win over West Brom relegated Sam Allardyce’s side to the Championship.

And Arteta was delighted to get back to winning ways after the disappointment of the Europa League exit in midweek.

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“We needed that win,” he added.

“It has been a while since we won at home. We scored three fantastic goals and we had some great spells in the game. When we conceded the goal we did look nervy.

“We knew the necessity to win the game. They scored out of nothing and then threw everything at you, they know the situation they are in and we struggled to play that kind of game.

“We scored three fantastic goals but we missed some big chances too.”

Meanwhile, Smith Rowe says scoring his first goal in the top flight was a good way to end a hard week.

“It has been a dream playing for this club and to finally score my first goal – can’t be better,” he said.

“It has been a difficult week but happy to get the three points.

“It has been really difficult for us as a team, it is not nice to lose in the semi-final of a tournament, it is important we keep our heads up.”

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