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Emile Smith Rowe must rise to the challenge of added competition after Martin Odegaard’s arrival at Arsenal, according to Jamie Redknapp.

Smith Rowe, 20, has been a constant in Mikel Arteta’s side since the Boxing Day win over Chelsea and the Gunners have taken 16 points out of 18 since.

Emile Smith Rowe will face competition in the No10 role for new boy Martin Odegaard
Emile Smith Rowe will face competition in the No10 role for new boy Martin OdegaardCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Speaking on the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast ahead of the Manchester United game on Saturday, Redknapp said: “Emile Smith Rowe has come in and been a revelation. They needed someone to light the flame, give them that spark.

“For Emile Smith Rowe this is the dream. He’s an academy boy and you can see he’s doing a great job, the fans love him. I hope with Odegaard coming into the club, that doesn’t stop him being instrumental in what they’re doing.

“The hardest thing for him will be – and I’m sure he knows this – where he plays is a position where you’re always looking for the best in the world or players in that position to be a No10 or wide man.

“He’s competing with some of the best. So he’s going to have to always maintain these standards he’s producing right now.

“But I’ve been so impressed with him, I love his work ethic, I love the way he runs with the ball, he’s been a breath of fresh air for this team, exactly when they needed it.”

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