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Emile Smith Rowe says Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette ‘helped me so much’ on and off the pitch

Emile Smith Rowe reveals Alexandre Lacazette has ‘helped me so much’ to settle into the Arsenal first-team, with the youngster also crediting loans at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield as key in his development into a Premier League star

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has praised pep talks from Alexandre Lacazette and loan spells at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield for his emergence as a Premier League prodigy.

The in-form 20-year-old produced his fifth assist of the season to set up Bukayo Saka for the Gunners’ second goal as they breezed past Newcastle 3-0 to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Asked what had helped him the most, Smith Rowe told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t want to single out any player but Lacazette, playing together with him up top.

French striker Alexandre Lacazette gives him advice

Emile Smith Rowe (left) has named Alexandre Lacazette as a key influence on his development

The newcomer has also credited his loan spells at Huddersfield and RB Leipzig for his progress

The newcomer has also credited his loan spells at Huddersfield and RB Leipzig for his progress

‘It’s helped me so much. On and off the pitch he gives me so much confidence. As we link up and play together he…