Another inopportune Arsenal injury comes at a bad time – Smith-Rowe out

Well there I was happily writing away at the Arsenal v Qarabag Preview when suddenly up pops the news that the young Gunner Emile Smith-Rowe was injured in training and is now set to miss tonight’s game and also the Caraboa Cup quarter final against Tottenham.

Goal reported it like this…..

Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe will miss Thursday’s Europa League tie against Qarabag after suffering a minor groin strain in training.

The 18-year-old has been one of the stars of the Gunners’ European campaign this season, having scored his first two senior goals away to Qarabag and Vorskla Poltova, with Unai Emery’s side already assured of top spot in Group E.

But Goal understands Smith Rowe did not train with the Arsenal squad ahead of the Qarabag clash at the Emirates Stadium and is expected to be on the sidelines for another two weeks in order for him to fully recover.

This is a real blow, as Smith-Rowe has made a real breakthrough this season, and has scored a couple of goals in tonight’s competition, and is definitely catching Emery’s eye as one to be promoted to a full first-teamer in the near future. This couldn’t have come at a worst time for the youngster but hopefully it will spur him on to recover quickly and wait patiently for his next chance to impress the Boss.

Now I’m going to have to change my Predicted team in the Preview!



  1. Sue says:

    What a bummer! Might not make the spuds next week then…

  2. LENOhappy says:

    @Ace,I will like you to explain what you mean by”Jenkinson/Monreal— capable replacements,
    but shouldn’t feature in any significant fixture.I believe the term capable means “having the ability, fitness, or quality necessary to do or achieve a specified thing.And If am correct I think AW used monreal as a center back last season and he performed well and in my own humble opinion I still believe the only true and reliable defender we have is monreal so sir I will like you to explain what you mean by that.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Yet LENOhappy, we have fans on here saying they don’t want Gary Cahill because he’s a chelsea player?
      I can see what Ace is trying to say (at least I hope so!) with regards to Jenks.
      The game tonight would see him as a capable replacement against this level of opponent, but against, say, the top four, he could be found wanting.
      This seems logical to me and surely that’s why we are seeing other Arsenal players than those featured weekly on the team sheet.
      Ace, if I’m wrong, I apologise. However I do think Jenks is a good SQUAD player with limited talent but Arsenal through and through.

  3. Break-on-through says:

    Gutted, I thought that he might actually get some first team game-time this season. I hope it’s not a long injury. I’d say he must be gutted, this was another big chance to impress. Saka might give us a good show, been hearing allot about him and we could do with a well rounded winger right about now.

  4. Tissiam says:

    All those injuries were to be expexted!the weger haters blamed on him and on his pitches.but do you remember klopp,s first season a kiberpool he was blamed too soon unai will be the next one but the only reason is that when they came in the players they inheited weren,t fit enough,ion the continent training was different.but with the influx of foreign managers it started to change iit,s all changed with MR WENGER like him or not!!no more booze,smoking,partying,diet,,,,,,,

  5. ozziegunner says:

    Unfortunately the level of training and play at elite levels of sport places strains on young developing bodies. The injury to Smith-Rowe is unfortunate; however he will bounce back.
    I’m sure all Arsenal supporters are wishing Holding, Mavropanos, Mustafi and Smith-Rowe speedy and complete recoveries.

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