Arteta insists Kiwior and Smith Rowe have roles to play this season

Jakub Kiwior is yet to make his Arsenal debut and it seems that might not happen soon because Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba are in a solid partnership.

Rob Holding is probably also still ahead of the Pole on the pecking order at the Emirates.

He moved to the club in the last transfer window after an excellent World Cup with Poland and is expected to be a backup.

That means he will not play unless the individuals above him on the pecking order are unavailable.

Emile Smith Rowe is another player struggling to get into the team after his return from a long-term injury and they both featured in a game for the Arsenal U21s recently.

Speaking about their performance and importance to the first team, Mikkel Arteta said via Metro Football:

‘Really good.

‘Obviously they needed some minutes and at the moment they haven’t had much exposure [to the first-team] for different situations.

‘It was great to see them on the field, because we’re going to need them in the next couple of games.’

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Kiwior and Smith Rowe are important squad members and we can believe Arteta when he says they will be essential components of the squad.

However, they have to be introduced to the game when they are ready and the coaching staff will only determine that.

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  1. I think ESR is a terrific young player, who has so much to offer when he is match fit.Indeed I consider him to be right up there with Martinelli and Saka in terms of ability with the added bonus that he is probably more versatile and has the capacity to operate out wide on either flank and as an attacking midfielder.Unfortunately he has suffered a run of injuries which have precluded him from fulfilling his undoubted potential.In the case of Kiwior,he arrived at Arsenal fully match fit but sadly, he has probably lost most of his sharpness by languishing on the bench since his arrival.I can appreciate the dilemma faced by Arteta in that he is reluctant to change personnel and tactics when the team are riding high, but I do feel Kiwior and Tierney in particular ought to have been given more game time.As Arsenal fans, I trust we will not expect too much from ESR, Kiwior and Tierney when they are trusted eventually as we cannot expect them to be firing on all cylinders given their lack of game time.

  2. It’s unfortunate we haven’t seen much from these kids, but we got to find away to include them in the process.

  3. It’s hardly surprising that neither have featured in the 1st team. ESR wasn’t match fit after his operation, and Kiwior will need time to get used to his new surroundings and the way we play. At the moment Kiwior will be learning on the training pitch.

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