Arsenal might have made a horrible start in the league but they managed to turn it around with the help of a good run of results. And Emile Smith Rowe has been an integral part of this. The youngster had a stellar season in an Arsenal shirt since the arrival of Mikel Arteta. With his impressive gameplay, he has established a starting place in the first XI. However, his journey was not very straightforward at all. He had to grind a lot to earn his place in the Arsenal first team. His family has been a constant support during his struggling days. Let’s take a look at his personal life and how things were before for him.
Family’s influence on early football development:
Born in 2000 to mother Fiona Rowe and father Leslie Rowe, he was born and brought up in the South London area. He is a Croydon lad, and also goes by the name of ‘Croydon De Bruyne’ . His father, Leslie Rowe, also played football professionally for a period of time. And that instigated the football culture in their home. His family also consists of another elder brother. His parents are also Londoners for a long period of time. And that clearly made an impact on Smith Rowe’s early football development. Emile Smith Rowe started his love affair with football at a very young age in Arsenal’s Hale End academy. It is believed that the family is a long time Arsenal supporter and that’s why they decided to make Smith Rowe join their academy. To be closer to his practice sessions, his family moved from South London to North. His talent was recognized in a grand manner when he managed to win the U-17 world cup with England.
Life in London:
His Arsenal career started with loan moves to Germany. His family was a real constant support throughout his loaned out years and it paid off. He developed his game in his loan spells and Arteta was really impressed with his improvement. His system demanded a player of Smith Rowe’s profile and he didn’t wait long to give him the start he deserved. And since then he didn’t have to look back again. Both his father and his brother has been his constant support according to himself. “Same again, my brother, my dad. They are big football fans, obviously. My brother’s an Arsenal fan, my dad’s a Spurs fan but he’s always supported me, I’ve always come first. There’s always a little banter with Spurs.” , he said in an interview on Gaffer.
As of now, he is doing really well. And a major share of that he owes to his family.