Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe insists he still finds it ‘surreal’ to be part of the first-team at the club.
The 18-year-old academy product has been given his opportunity by Unai Emery this season, already making several appearances and he scored his first senior goal in a Europa League tie against Qarabag, becoming Arsenal’s youngest goalscorer since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2011.
“I’m just sitting there thinking, ‘What is going on?’ I look up to these players so much. To get a chance to be in the same dressing room as them – let alone on the same pitch – is unbelievable. I still feel like I’m in a dream,” Smith Rowe told Sky Sports.
“I was shocked that I even went away with the first-team in pre-season, so to get the chances that the manager has given me has just been great.
“It’s a bit surreal to think about the players he has worked with. Now he’s there giving me advice. I’m grateful for what he has done for me. All I can do is just play really well for him and show him how good I am.”
Smith Rowe was not involved in Thursday night’s 1-0 win over Qarabag at the Emirates.