Smith Rowe admits he still finds it ‘surreal’ to be part of Arsenal first team

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.

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