John Terry’s three-word verdict on Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe amidst Gunners Chelsea defeat


Chelsea legend John Terry was impressed with Emile Smith Rowe in Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday.

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Reece James were enough to secure three points for Thomas Tuchel’s side as Mikel Arteta was put under even more pressure by the Gunners fans.

Although most of the crowd were supportive on the day, jeers could be heard at half-time and full-time as the struggling Arsenal team headed for the changing rooms.

New signing Albert Sambi Lokonga, as well as Smith Rowe, were two shining lights in an otherwise disappointing afternoon for Arsenal, and the latter has earned praise from arguably the Blues’ best ever defender.

Taking to Instagram, Terry said: “@EmileSmithRowe is a player.”

Terry praised Smith Rowe in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.
Terry praised Smith Rowe in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Still, his performance wasn’t enough to help the Gunners get a result against a dominant Chelsea team, and with holding Champions Manchester City up next in the Premier League, it looks as though Arsenal could fall to three defeats in three before the first international break of the season.

When asked about how the club will prepare for that game in his post-match press conference, Arteta said: “[I will]Try to give them confidence and the tools and belief that football changes really quickly. The league table is not going to be decided in August.

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“I don’t want to see anybody feeling sorry for themselves or for the team because that’s not going to help us.

“I want a team, a squad of individuals that wants to fight, that wants to face the challenge that is ahead of us because normally when you do that you get the reward. That’s what I’m going to try to do with them.”





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