Talented England and Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe, has revealed why he turned down Tottenham as a youngster.
Smith Rowe shone in a 3-1 win over Chelsea last December and has been a regular starter for Mikel Arteta ever then.
The 21-year-old, who is worth between €70m and €90m (£60m and £77m) according to CIES, scored four goals and added eight assists in all competitions last season, which is excellent given his limited playing time in the first half of the season.
The dynamic playmaker has continued his excellent form this season, scoring five goals and providing two assists, earning him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.
Now, he claims that Spurs, the Gunners’ local rivals, tried to sign him a few years back, but he turned down their interest.
“Tottenham wanted me when I was 15 or 16, but I was never interested as an Arsenal fan,” Smith Rowe stated.
“I joined Arsenal at the age of ten and was driven to succeed at my club.”
The teenager scored the game’s only goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday afternoon, giving him three Premier League goals in a row, a feat accomplished by only three other Arsenal players aged 21 or younger.
Smith Rowe joined Cesc Fabregas, Nicolas Anelka, and Jose Antonio Reyes in that exclusive group, and he confessed it’s sometimes difficult to keep his feet on the ground when he’s regarded so highly.
“It’s always challenging when everyone is talking about you and your stuff,” he continued, “but it’s fantastic when it’s in a positive way.”
“I try not to look at it as much as possible, and I try to keep as focused as possible, but it’s nice that people are saying nice things about me.”
“It’s incredible to be in the company of those people and to be at such a special occasion, but the most important thing was getting the three points on Sunday.”