We watch the post-match interview and we all just know
What to score and win THE Derby means to Smith Rowe
It is a warm feeling that honestly is not overblown
The sense of real pride watching one of your own
It is rarer these days, with instant success so desired
The top clubs so seldom able to show the patience required
In 20 years, we have really only had Cashley and Jack
And then like the proverbial buses we’ve had two, back-to-back
We remember how much it meant to see Rocky, Mickey T and Merson succeed
Delighting in how they defied critics, our own hopes, and expectations to exceed
To watch your own fledgling talent flourish, as a fan you are blessed
The pain too so much greater when they were sold or flew the nest
Bukayo and Emile it’s your Arsenal story to write
You have committed to us, your futures, so exciting and bright
Some say the pressure on you is too much, but I sense you’ll be fine
You have carried the weight and honour of the cannon on your chests since you were nine
We are excited for the next Arsenal chapter, cannot wait to turn the page
To have been ‘rocking’ the Emirates when you both came of age
Our hopes, like your talent, are sky high for sure
I sense you both have a future place in Gunner folklore
Hard not to get carried away, but this is really just the beginning
When reality also demands that to keep you both with us, our team must be winning
A manager who believes in foundations built on one evident truth
Designed for now and for our future, packed with talented youth
So, let’s enjoy these boys, their passion, energy, and verve
Pray we can win with them, which they clearly deserve
We believe in your skill, your honour we’ll defend
Because Bukayo and Emile, you are made in Hale End.
** Important note for media
There’s a strawberry blond pretender in Manchester, who’s got something you know
Perhaps he needs a press nickname – The Drongen Smith Rowe?
Passionate fifty-something Arsenal supporter who has been making the journey to N5 regularly since the early 1980s – although his first game was in 1976. Always passionate when talking about The Arsenal, Dave decided to send a guest blog to Gunnersphere in the summer of 2011 and has not stopped writing about the Gunners since.
He set up his own site – 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – in February 2012, which he moved on in 2016 to concentrate on freelance writing and building Gunners Town, which he launched with Paul in 2014.
The objective of GT was to be new and fresh and to give a platform for likeminded passionate Arsenal fans wishing to write about their team. Dave still of course, writes for the site himself and advises the ever-changing writing crew.