Two years later this Arsenal transfer decision on Smith Rowe is paying off

Emile Smith Rowe is now one of Arsenal’s most important players, two years after RB Leipzig wanted to keep him with them permanently after his loan stint.

The Englishman has emerged as a possible solution for Arsenal as they struggle to deal with their lack of creativity in the team.

The Gunners had been on a poor run of form, and they needed someone new to add that creative spark which has been missing for a few years now.

Mikel Arteta made the bold call to bring Smith Rowe into the starting XI and it has paid off.

The midfielder has always been highly regarded at Arsenal and that was one of the reasons why the club allowed him to join RB Leipzig on loan in January 2019 to further his development.

The Germans saw something in the boy and they asked Arsenal to allow them to insert an option to sign him permanently in the deal, but Arsenal insisted that he was only joining them for playing time, as Charles Watts reported.

Today that decision has paid off with the Gunners reaping the reward for sticking by him and ensuring that he only leaves them on loan to further his progress.

The youngster’s emergence may have saved Arsenal at least 30m euros in today’s transfer market, and the club will hope that he continues his upward trajectory.

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  1. Lenohappy says:

    I just pray the media don’t hype him too much and kill his career like some other young english players, a very good example jack wilshere and to some extent Rose Barkley and John stone who is just trying to turn around his career. I’m not saying smith is not good but please don’t hype him too much, because this same Arsenal fans will boo him and call him headless chicken and a lazy player who is just here for the money when he starts having bad games like they are doing to aubamayang now. I really hope the club bring another creative midfielder this January to assist him so all the fans pressure won’t destroy him.

  2. Artsenal says:

    I like the boy for his intelligence,broad vision,quick feet and the way he makes football’s so easy.Fotunately they haven’t sold him to the German club,avoiding an other Egnabri loss.

  3. ken1945 says:

    Let’s all remember who signed him as a 10 year old… Arsene Wenger… let’s all remember who schooled him… Freddie Ljunberg….let’s all remember who gave him his first team opportunity… Unia Emery… let’s all remember who gave him this first team opportunity…covid 19!!!

    Those of us who were crying out for creativity from Mikel Arteta, had to wait until our worst start for decades before he was forced to introduce ESR and we were proved right.
    He rejected Barcelona while under AW and he has been a real Gooner from the age of ten!
    That’s the REAL history of ESR’s time, let’s not get carried away with giving MA the credit for something he had ignored from the beginning of the season.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Good to see Unai Emery getting some credit, Ken. He gave Saka and other young players opportunities as well.
      I am still worried should Arsenal meet Unai Emery and Villarreal in the Europa League!

    2. Klein says:

      Isolation of William may be the only reason ESR get the chance to play from the start, no one can proof that nor anyone can say ESR will not be involve in part of the games shall William was available. But teams in PL were ready to loan ESR in the summer and were rejected show MA was planning to integrate ESR into the team this season. Also he got a shoulder injury early in the season, shall he be rush back and injured again, ppl will be complaining MA mismanagement. I believe MA deserve some credit especially the team just won 3 games in a row.

  4. ozziegunner says:

    And his loan spell at Huddersfield helped his confidence, as a young man competing in the tough Championship.

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