Tony Adams told Premier League Productions that Emile Smith Rowe was ‘incredible’ for Arsenal during their 4-2 win against Leeds on Sunday.
The Highbury legend suggested that Smith Rowe has the intelligence of England great Bobby Moore in regards to seeing the bigger picture of the game and being a step ahead of the play.
Smith Rowe provided an assist during the game when his clever cross helped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang net his hat-trick moments after the break.
It was quite the performance from this previously struggling Arsenal side and Adams was impressed with what he saw from Smith Rowe.
“No (he has picked this out for his assist), the kid has got talent,” said Adams. “He has got Robert Pires feet. Robert Pires could run quicker with the ball than I could without the ball. The kid has got talent and he plays everything one-touch.
On why he’s a special player: “It’s the intelligence. I would want to get a montage of the kid, to be honest with you. But he plays everything first time.
“He knows where the ball is going to go before he even gets it or before he even receives it.
“Back in years and years ago, Bobby Moore, when the ball comes from there, he knew the player was over there and as soon as he got it, he would flip it around you. Incredible.”
This was the Arsenal of old, from the style of football that was played to the amount of attacking and technical talent that was packed into the side.
From Smith Rowe to January signing Martin Ødegaard, no wonder Aubameyang lapped it up and netted a hat-trick.
Not only that, the energy levels, especially without the ball, from this Arsenal side was also key, as they recorded a much-needed win to close the gap on those European places.