Mikel Arteta is staying positive on Smith Rowe’s injury

Emile Smith Rowe was unable to complete the first half for Arsenal against Leicester this afternoon, and there was initial fears over his injury.

The 20 year-old has been an integral player for the club since breaking into the first-team on Boxing Day, with the manager having opted to experiment with a 4-2-3-1 system.

More recently he has played on the left of the three to accommodate Odegaard, but has made his biggest impression through the middle, and his absence will leave the Norwegian midfielder as our main option centrally.

The Gunners were tied at 1-1 when the young English midfielder had to stop play, with Martin Odegaard coming off the bench to take his place.

“It was a muscular injury,” Arteta told BT Sport’s match coverage (via HITC). “He wasn’t feeling very comfortable to carry on playing, so we decided to take him out. Hopefully it’s not too much.”

With less than two weeks before we return to Europa League action, fingers crossed that we are able to call upon our young starlet, who could well be a huge loss.

With any luck, Mikel Arteta’s hope isn’t misplaced and we will be able to welcome him back in time for our Greek opponents Olympiacos.

Is Odegaard the only squad member likely to play in the AM role in ESR’s absence?


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  1. I’d always thought Willian was signed to play that position, was expecting him to link the play well and get Pepe working better – obviously I was wrong on the intent with the signing, but maybe he’d be a decent shout if needed?

    1. Davi, that was just another ruse concocted by Arteta when it was clear that some fans would logically wonder why we would invest so much of our available payroll on a player who normally played on the right, when we already had Pepe, Nelson etc…if you look back, those were early day musings that quickly disappeared once League operations commenced…Arteta would obviously rather have ESR and Ode, but based on what we’ve seen so far, minus today’s selections, MA has favoured Ode up the middle…so this just allows him to not shoehorn ESR out wide, while likewise living up to the obvious loan minutes clause that he agreed to without the constant backlash from fans looking to see ESR playing back in his preferred position

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