Romano explains Arsenal’s stance on Smith Rowe after talks held

Fabrizio Romano has commented on Emile Smith Rowe’s future after the midfielder held talks with Arsenal.

Smith Rowe has struggled to play for Arsenal this term due to injury and the impressive form of the players ahead of him in the pecking order.

When Mikel Arteta first became the club’s manager, the midfielder was one of the most important players. However, over time, his poor fitness record has caused him to lose his place in the first team.

He now struggles to contribute, even though Arsenal has generally improved as a team.

Smith Rowe reportedly held talks with Arsenal recently about his future, and it has now been revealed that it remains open.

Romano said in his exclusive column on Caught Offside:

“I’m aware of talk of a meeting being scheduled between Emile Smith Rowe and Arsenal, but my understanding is that nothing has been decided on this yet.”

He added: “I think it’s an open situation based on proposals, but at the moment I’m still hearing it’s a quiet situation. Let’s see in the next weeks if clubs join the race.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Smith Rowe is a very talented player, but we cannot trust him or build around him because he is injury-prone.

The midfielder will probably have to leave the club if he wants to get more than enough game time.


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  1. Still remember the Smith-Rowe vs Foden debate back in the day. Funny what some injuries and team projects can do to a players trajectory. I see him as a 10 but different to Ødegaard in the sense that he is more of a runner who gets past players in the middle than facilitating creative plays. Do Arsenal have space for such a player especially when he does not offer much defensively for the no. 8 position either

    1. He was so good on the left Ahead of Martinelli the year we finished 5th. I’m sure the manager knows more than us but I find it very frustrating that he has tailed off so much.

  2. Mikel will bring someone from somewhere if he gets involved in the future transfer of that player. He does not get anything from Emile, and probably he will not invest in Emile. Sad story indeed…

  3. Arteta should invest the same energy he invested in Kai Havetz in ESR to make him better too.

    It is very unfair to marginalise ESR and Reiss Nelson when they are very great players.

  4. I agree in selling Emile smith Rowe along with Eddie and replacing them with top talents we need to make our bench stronger

  5. He’s a talented player but his work ethic on defense is waaay below odegard. If only he can fix it ESR, Rice,and Odegard Will be a formidable trio !

  6. I sense he will ultimately have to go, but I can see us regretting his departure in the not distant future.

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