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ARS/TOT: North London Derby Against Tottenham Reveals Emile Smith Rowe's Strongest Ability

Arsenal came out victorious after the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners raced into a 3-0 lead in the first half courtesy of goals from Emile Smith Rowe in the 12th minute, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in the 27th minute and Bukayo Saka in the 34th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur then scored a goal through Son Heung-Min in the 79th minute to round up the goals in North London.

Throughout the game, English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe was a constant threat to the Tottenham defence. The likes of Tanganga, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Sergio Reguilon couldn't handle Emile Smith Rowe's gameplay till the 88th minute when he was replaced by Nuno Tavares.

Before the game, there were concerns over Emile Smith Rowe being played on the left flank by Mikel Arteta. Naturally, Emile Smith Rowe is an attacking midfielder and he usually played through the centre of the midfield.

But during the game, it became clear that Emile Smith Rowe's biggest strength isn't his passing, dribbling, pressing or ball retention. His biggest strength is his movement and ability to anticipate where the ball will likely end up.

This made it difficult for the Tottenham Hotspur defence to mark him because he wasn't mostly on the ball. His goal was a perfect example of this. When the ball moves to Bukayo Saka on the right flank, Emile Smith Rowe made an outside run instead of an inside run.

This confused Tottenham defender Tanganga and he didn't know when Smith Rowe came back into the 18-yard box to convert Bukayo Saka's low cross. It is no coincidence that he ended the game with a goal and an assist to his name.

Elite movement is a key element of a top player's game and it is the strongest ability of Emile Smith Rowe. If the young English midfielder could stay free of injuries, he could become a world-class player in a few years.

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