Arsenal youngsters write history as they dazzle against Leeds United


How Smith Rowe and Arsenal’s youngsters made Premier League history in Arsenal’s win over LeedsHow Smith Rowe and Arsenal’s youngsters made Premier League history in Arsenal’s win over Leeds

Smith Rowe and young guns make history against Leeds

Arsenal earned their third win on the bounce at the expense of injury-ravaged Leeds United at Elland Road and cemented their hold on fourth place in the Premier League table thanks, once again, to Mikel Arteta’s young guns.

How Smith Rowe and Arsenal’s youngsters made Premier League history in Arsenal’s win over LeedsHow Smith Rowe and Arsenal’s youngsters made Premier League history in Arsenal’s win over Leeds

LEEDS, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 18: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli bagged a first-half brace for the Gunners on their travels before Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe also found their way onto the scoresheet, writing a historic chapter in the annals of the Premier League for Arsenal.

With all three players being 21-years-old or younger, this is the first time that Arsenal has had a trio of players of that age profile on the scoresheet in the same match in the Premier League, according to OptaJoe.

It was further proof that age is nothing but a number in north London at current, with all three players mentioned featuring in the top five in goals for the club in the Premier League in 2021-22, and Smith Rowe topping the charts altogether with seven goals after his substitute strike in the second half.

Arsenal distance themselves from their abysmal start

It was only four months ago that Arsenal started the 2021-22 Premier League campaign in abysmal fashion after a 2-0 opening day defeat to newly-promoted Brentford.

The Gunners followed that performance up with a 2-0 loss against Chelsea at the Emirates before they were thrashed 5-0 by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Etihad.

How Smith Rowe and Arsenal’s youngsters made Premier League history in Arsenal’s win over LeedsHow Smith Rowe and Arsenal’s youngsters made Premier League history in Arsenal’s win over Leeds

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Emile Smith Rowe and Albert Sambi Lokonga of Arsenal look dejected after conceding their second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Arsenal at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

For a time, the Gunners were at the very bottom of the Premier League table and without a single goal to their name. Some began to feel as though Mikel Arteta was completely out of his depth. But since then, Arsenal have posted a 10-2-3 record in the league, and are now on course for Champions League football despite some of the issues that still persist in north London.

Overall, Arsenal looks set to once again regularly challenge for European football under Mikel Arteta. After all, what is the Premier League without the Gunners in the very thick of the fight at the top of the table?


This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 17 31 41
2 Liverpool FC 17 35 40
3 Chelsea FC 17 27 37
4 Arsenal FC 17 1 29
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 -1 24
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 17 -15 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 17 -19 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 5



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