The 20-year-old Gunners academy graduate was afforded a run of games in the first team back in December and has grasped the opportunity with both hands.
Smith Rowe has provided a much-needed creative spark in Mikel Arteta’s side, registering four assists in 12 Premier League games since his introduction.
The midfielder has represented England at youth level but is yet to be included in a senior squad, meanwhile, his Gunners team-mate Saka has earned four caps for the Three Lions following his rapid ascent at the Emirates.
And when asked if Smith Rowe could break into the England squad, Arteta replied: ‘I think it is possible if he shows the same determination as Bukayo, be as humble as he is and play with the personality that he’s done.
‘I think he’s got a great chance.
‘Emile has got all the attributes, all the qualities that’s needed to play for this football club and, in my opinion, to play for the national team.
‘After it is about finding the consistent level that is required, because obviously that level is as good as it gets. But I think he has shown in moments of this season what he can do.
‘So it is about now doing it for longer periods, adding more assists, more goals, being a threat all the time and working as hard as he has been doing because I think he has been phenomenal for us.’
In an interview with talkSPORT earlier this week, Southgate expressed his delight that homegrown talent such as Smith Rowe and Saka are getting opportunities, and labelled the Gunners duo as a ‘breath of fresh air’ for their team.
‘Emile Smith Rowe getting his opportunity at Arsenal,’ he said.
‘We know those kids are there and we know the talent is there but when the buying and spending power of the clubs is greater than anything around Europe, and the pressure is on to have immediate success, it is easier to go and buy the finished product from abroad.
‘There was always this blockage for young English players, now they’re getting their chance. Those two boys at Arsenal, Saka and Smith Rowe, have been a huge breath of fresh air in their team and there are more across the country if they get their opportunity.’