Alex Mott

Freddie Ljungberg believes Emile Smith Rowe is an example to follow

Arsenal youth team coach Freddie Ljungberg has hailed Emile Smith Rowe as a role model for all youngsters at the Emirates.

The 18-year-old is widely seen as one of the brightest prospects at the club and looked a class apart as their Under-21’s tore Coventry apart 3-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy this week.

The teenager is expected to feature in Unai Emery’s first team plans later this season and former Invincible Ljungberg – who is now in charge of the Under-23’s – has urged the rest of the youth team to follow Smith Rowe’s example.

“Unai has seen a lot, he knows. Emile has a great career in front of him,” Ljungberg told the Evening Standard.

“His presence and the way he behaves, for me he’s a role model for everyone at our club. The respect he shows people and then on the pitch he plays so well.

“If any young players want to look at how I think a player should behave they should look at him. With all the success he has got he is still as humble as he was before.”