The Arsenal boss was delighted with how the 20-year-old midfielder conducted himself on the pitch in such a big much and believes he gives his side ‘something different’.
While it was Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette who scored the goals – with Erik Lamela scoring for Spurs before getting sent off – Arteta reserved special praise for the academy graduate.
Arteta was especially pleased with how Smith Rowe performed in a game of such magnitude and lauded his ‘big individual performance’.
‘I think he shows not only quality but his personality, his intelligence on the pitch, his energy… it gives us something different.
‘Today in a derby, you need some big individual performances and for sure he had one.’
Arteta was generally happy with his side’s performance as they moved to within four points of bitter rivals Spurs.
He told BBC Sport: ‘We had a really strong performance right from the beginning, we created many chances and went a goal down with their first shot.
‘Scoring before half-time was really important as it put us in a good position for the second half
‘We scored the second goal, we got a bit nervy in the final 10 minutes and that is one of the things we need to improve as a team.’