Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has provided insight into the development of midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, highlighting his impressive performance in training and discussing his potential role within the team.
Smith Rowe, who has recently overcome injury setbacks, has caught Arteta’s attention with his dedication and form during training sessions. Arteta expressed his satisfaction with the 23-year-old’s progress, emphasizing his desire to grant Smith Rowe more opportunities on the field.
Despite making limited appearances in the Premier League this season, Smith Rowe has showcased his versatility as both an attacking midfielder and a winger. Arteta acknowledged the midfielder’s potential and revealed his intention to integrate him further into the team.
Arteta stated, “Things are coming together for him. Obviously he had a difficult injury again and difficult spell. And he’s training really well. I think he’s really pushing to get more and more minutes and we are trying to do that because he’s a fantastic player.”
However, amidst competition for playing time within the squad, including established players like Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leandro Trossard, Arteta recognizes the challenge for Smith Rowe to secure regular starting opportunities.
While Arteta holds Smith Rowe in high regard, he acknowledged the tough competition for positions and suggested that Smith Rowe may primarily serve as a substitute for the remainder of the season. Despite this, Arteta remains optimistic about Smith Rowe’s future contributions to the team.
As Arsenal navigates through the remainder of the season, Arteta’s remarks shed light on Smith Rowe’s progress and the manager’s plans to utilize his talents effectively within the squad.