Gabby Agbonlahor believes that Emile Smith Rowe’s talent makes it unlikely for him to continue sitting on the bench at Arsenal. With the Gunners looking to reinforce their midfield, it is highly probable that the young midfielder will leave the club during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Smith Rowe was anticipated to become a key player at the Emirates Stadium by now. However, his progress has been hindered by unfortunate injuries, resulting in him missing a significant portion of Arsenal’s quest for the title.
As Arsenal evaluates Smith Rowe’s future, the decision they make regarding his potential departure will have a significant impact on their plans for strengthening the team in the forthcoming transfer window.
He tells Football Insider:
“I think he has got a big decision to make with Smith Rowe. Do they keep him and play him or sell him. They can’t have a £30-50m player in Smith Rowe who is just sitting on the bench and not playing.
“If they keep him they do not need to sign another player in that position, but if they do not want to play him then they have to sign sell him. There are plenty of teams in the Premier League who will pay £30/40m for him.”
Just Arsenal Opinion
Smith Rowe is a superb player, but when anyone is injured often, it is hard to see them enjoy relevance at their club.
He has had tough luck at Arsenal and probably should leave for a new club where he can get more game time and, hopefully, better luck with injuries.
There is no point keeping him at the Emirates any longer and now is the time to land a replacement for the Englishman.
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Top scorer last season to not being able to get a game ,maybe a falling out somewhere along the way
Seems to be a theme with MA, once you are out of favour there’s very litchance of getting back into the team.
We going to have a great starting 11 and the no-one decent on the bench,who wants to be in a team where you know you’ll get minimal time to play.
Definitely can find space for him. Will be a waste of a brilliant player if we get rid of him
Needs to give it one more season if he’s still struggling for minutes this time next year then sell him
Arteta certainly has personal issues with Rowe and Tierney who are definitely fan favorites capable of producing good performances.
Arteta may be a good technician but not a good manager of human resources. It’s a terrible failing to be ruled by emotions or to rule with an iron fist.
Down the road at one point, a good number of the squad will be caught in the same trap and performances will begin to drop. What is going on with these 2 players can happen to any.
if players obey you from fear rahter than respect, it’s very dangerous
I honestly think ESR can fill the B2B position or at least be a good fill in. Great athletic ability, top work rate, not scared to put in a hard tackle, can join the attack of defence well and has a great pass and shot along with vision.
Smith Rowe, a very promising lad who may have been overlooked due to the presence of Vieira, he could come alive playing in a deeper role.
If his legs manage to hold for a season or two under the tutelage of an Emery, the English man could be massive in the middle.
Why this injury prone label ?? He has had a groin injury that has been solved thro surgery. The recovery period is lengthy for this type of injury. He can be invaluable to us as he can play on the left, as a box to box player and as an attacking midfielder. He is certainly of greater value than Viera !!
While I think there were plenty of opportunities for ESR to play during the back end of the season, I’m hoping this is all speculation about selling him. He was a beast two seasons ago, and he could be one of the guys called on to fill the b2b space or a second attacking mid along side Ode.
There were reports MA was training him to play in the Xhaka role and I hope that’s why he wasn’t featuring much. I remember when Martinelli wasn’t playing and everyone thought he would be sold or wasn’t wanted, and then played in almost every game this year.
ESR has the skills to play in this league and on this team. I hope he stays and continues to be a piece of this young core that Arsenal have built.