Emery promotes Arsenal youngster to first team – and he plays like De Bruyne

Arsenal fans tuned in to watch Unai Emery take charge of his very first match as manager in a pre-season friendly against Boreham Wood on the weekend.

The Gunners were of course expected to beat their National League opposition, and did so convincingly, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stole the show in the 8-0 thumping.

For the most part it seems supporters were happy with the confidence exuding from such superstars as the aforementioned Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who seemed deprived of self-assurance at the close of last season.

They were also pleased to see the new players settling in at the club, as summer signing Matteo Guendouzi pulled on the Arsenal shirt for the very first time.

But the one individual who caught the eye above all others was a little-known academy prospect named Emile Smith Rowe.

The 17-year-old has spent the past two weeks training with the senior squad after Emery noticed his talent when observing the Hale End academy in action.

It seems that in this short space of time, Rowe has already come on leaps and bounds, and was only too happy to line up alongside Aubameyang and co. at the weekend.

And not just that, but show the superstars at the club – as well as the fans – what he could do.

Against Boreham Wood Rowe dictated the play behind Aubameyang and Lacazette, and was very much on the strikers’ wavelength.

Fans reacted very positively to his performance, with many taking to social media to compare him to Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

On YouTube, one supporter wrote: "Baller, hope he gets a chance in the Premier League," while another added: "Highly promising player for us," and a third concluded: "What a talent, the next Kevin De Bruyne."

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