Arsenal sets a £30 million valuation for injury-prone player

Arsenal is now prepared to sell Emile Smith Rowe as the midfielder struggles to regain a spot in their first team.

Smith Rowe, one of the successful graduates from the Hale End academy, has shown great potential for the first team. However, injuries have significantly hindered his progress, and he now faces stiff competition for a place at Arsenal.

Since his promotion to the first team, the Gunners have signed several new midfielders who have strengthened the squad during Smith Rowe’s absences.

Arsenal has been patient, giving him ample time to recover and re-establish himself, but the club is now ready to move on.

According to a report on Football Insider, the Gunners have set a valuation of £30 million for Smith Rowe and will permit his departure if any suitor meets that fee.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Smith Rowe is a talented boy, but his time has run out, and we can no longer trust him to do well for our team.

He is one of the finest players in our squad, but we are struggling to get the best out of him, and we should cash in now that we can.


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  1. Shame if we sell him and keep Vieira. He has been injury prone and a level below ESR. So much for coaching up players, back to the checkbook. Don’t blame Arteta, far easier to continue spending than start coaching.

  2. Should ESR be offloadefl on sale this summer. That will be unfortunate if it does happen. But as Mo Elneny has left the club at the end of last season. And if ESR joins him to leave, two vacancies to be filled this summer with two new midfielder signings in the Arsenal’s team squad midfield will exist.

  3. I think the comments at the end sums this story up :
    Quote “He is one of the finest players in our squad, but we are struggling to get the best out of him”…

    So, who do we blame for that?
    He’s obviously fit, as he’s been on the bench and played a few minutes, so who’s going to carry the can for this one?

    1. Ken1945
      The quote was from AdMartin
      Is there any possibility in your mind that ESR might have missed the boat? That isn’t a character or an ability assassination by me, but he hasn’t found his way back to the starting lineup.

      1. I realised that SueP, but the quote summed up the crazy situation perfectly.
        No, I don’t think ESR has missed the boat, as long as he’s given the opportunities to actually showcase his talents.
        We have seen what he can do and, if we let him go and keep Vieria, my opinion of MA will nosedive with regards to talent spotting.

        1. In a way, that’s why I asked the question, because those opportunities haven’t really come along. Vieira is not first choice at present either.
          Normally, when a key player returns from injury, the manager gets him back out again asap. I thought that Arteta was doing a softly,softly approach but it doesn’t appear to be the case for ESR. Unless there is a turnaround in Arteta’s thinking, it could be that Smith Rowe is let go

      2. I’m afraid the quote is based on nostalgia and what he might have become. Is he really one of the finest players in our squad?
        He is currently a bit part player and it is difficult to see how he fits in our team. Who should he displace or rotate with in the first team?

        1. David, are you expecting Odegaard to play every game this coming season?
          PL, CL, domestic cups AND INTERNATIONALS.
          ESR would fit into that position so much better than any other player currently on our books.

          As SueP says, his opportunities have been limited, even Vieria has been selected in front of him.
          If Odegaard got injured in the first game of the season, who would replace him?

  4. Out of all our fringe players, I think it is only ESR who deserves one last chance… He can be brilliant with a good run of games, and he brings something different, which is urgency. I ser him thriving in a 3223 system or as a wide 10. It’s Arteta to blame for not trusting players especially in those games where Arsenal scoreline by halftime was more than the total number of opposition supporters in the stadium. We need to be unpredictable and we need players that can also compete in cup games

  5. ESR might be worth sparing but I cant see him liking the bench and we are in the middle of a key optimisation project. Injury prone players are the new deadwood in this squad and as such we have to treat them as not fit for the cause

  6. Had high hopes for him but his career has petered out sadly.
    Maybe best for both parties if he moves on.

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