Young Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe has been a revelation since he became a permanent fixture in the starting line-up under manager Mikel Arteta and he’s drawing comparison with one of the best players at the club in recent history. Frenchman Robert Pires attained legendary status at Arsenal for his impressive form while he was a player at the club. Robert Pires was an integral member of the Arsenal squad that went through a season without any defeat. The Gunners remain the only team to achieve an invincible season and this happened during the 2003/04 season.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville sees a lot of similarities between Emile Smith-Rowe and Robert Pires. Gary Neville is now a Sky Sports pundit and he was impressed with the composure shown by Emile Smith-Rowe during the penultimate league game at home to Newcastle United last week Monday.

Emile Smith-Rowe played a starring role during the game which ended in a 3-0 win for the Gunners. Emile Smith-Rowe provided an assist for the second goal scored by fellow young player Bukayo Saka. Arsenal skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang was the recipient of the first and third goals during the game against the Magpies. Gary Neville was so impressed with Emile Smith-Rowe that he compared him to Robert Pires. Gary Neville praised the playing style of Emile Smith-Rowe and pundit partner Jamie Carragher added that the young midfielder has a lot of composure on the ball.

Arsenal have improved remarkably since Emile Smith-Rowe was introduced into the starting XI against Chelsea last month and he has never looked back since then. Arsenal have won five and drawn one of the six league games played since his introduction to the starting XI and the run has seen the Gunners move from possible relegation  candidates to possible Champions League candidates.