Mikel Arteta tells Emile Smith Rowe to prove his worth for Arsenal
Smith Rowe out of contention
Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe has been asked to prove his worth to the club to regain his position in the starting XI, according to manager Mikel Arteta. Smith Rowe is yet to start a game this season due to a groin injury he sustained in September, which has seen him miss several games, including some of Arsenal’s Europa League group matches. Although he was recently substituted during the side’s 3-2 win against Bournemouth, Arteta said the academy graduate is still part of his plans.
Arteta speaks out
Arteta spoke of the love and need the club has for Smith Rowe, adding “Now he needs to prove it” in terms of his contribution to the team. Ahead of their Europa League match against Sporting Lisbon, Arteta said they would manage Smith Rowe’s load, but he was in a position where he could be added to the team at any moment.
Smith Rowe’s football career
Smith Rowe is a popular player among Arsenal fans after joining the club’s academy in 2010, graduating eight years later. He spent time on loan at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield before breaking into the first team during last season’s campaign. He scored 10 Premier League goals to help Arsenal finish fifth in the table and return to European football. To date, he’s won three senior England caps.
Arsenal’s current form
The Gunners are currently top of the Premier League, and were five points clear of Manchester City in second place with 11 matches remaining when the article was written. The team is hoping to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League by beating Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates after the first leg ended 2-2.