Coach Mikel Arteta considers Integrating 20 year old Emile Smith Rowe into Arsenal’s first team.
Emile Smith Rowe deserves more first-team action at Arsenal
According to Football.London, Gunners are planning to integrate highly-rated academy prospect Emile Smith Rowe into the A-team set-up at the Emirates next season after a successful loan to Huddersfield.
The 20-year-old impressed on loan at Huddersfield Town during the second half of the 2019-20 Championship campaign and the Gunners believe he’s ready to play an important role in the first-team moving head. (h/t Football.London)
From the report, Arsenal’s Coach Mikel Arteta believes Smith Rowe’s improvement would be best served by staying put in North London rather than venturing out on loan to a different club, with several Premier League sides believed to be interested in signing the midfielder on a temporary basis.
Below is Rowe’s Profile:
Born in Croydon, Emile Smith Rowe rose through the youth ranks at Arsenal and was called up to the senior side during the 2018 pre-season after impressing for the U-23s.
Smith Rowe made his Arsenal first-team competitive start against Vorskla Poltava in the UEFA Europa League, and in doing so, became the first professional debutant for Arsenal who was given birth to in the 2000s. He subsequently scored against Qarabag in the Europa League and against Blackpool in the EFL Cup before joining RB Leipzig on loan in January 2019.
The youngster struggled with injuries around his short stint in Germany but he featured prominently for Arsenal in the 2019-20 Europa League following his return to North London. Smith Rowe scored 2 goals and 2 assists in 19 Championship appearances on loan for Huddersfield Town in the second half of this past season.
He deserves to be at Arsenal,
As per the report, both Arteta and the Arsenal hierarchy view Smith Rowe as the club’s next long-term No.10, while there is also a feeling that the 20-year-old has the versatility to slot seamlessly into a box-to-box No.8 attacking role in a 4-3-3 system.
Such a formation is expected to be Arteta’s main formation at the Emirates in days to come. With Mesut Ozil’s career currently on the decline, the door pretty much remains open for Smith Rowe to cement his place in the manager’s plans.
Smith Rowe’s versatility means he’d have to compete with fellow academy graduates Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock, as well as the likes of Nicolas Pepe and youngster Gabriel Martinelli for his place in the ranks. That seems a bit hard on paper but Smith Rowe certainly has the talent to do so.
The Gunners might also view Smith Rowe as an option to Ceballos in a 4-3-3 system, with a permanent transfer for last season’s loanee yet to be agreed with Real Madrid.
Smith Rowe might not have featured prominently for Arsenal in the Premier League but his amazing displays in the Europa League and also on loan at Huddersfield creates a testament to his massive potential.
Of course, he might get more play time under his tank if he goes out on loan but staying at Arsenal will allow him to acclimatise to the competitive nature of the Premier League, while also giving Coach Arteta a chance to preview his improvement at close quarters.
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