Recent happenings at the club show that Arsenal as a club is still clearly trying to find it’s feet after the Wenger era and as expected, it’s not been easy to do so. With the most recent managerial changes and the departure of Raul Sanllehi, the club has lost three of it’s managerial figureheads post-Arsene Wenger in just three years; Gazidis, Sven and now Sanllehi and if you throw in Unai then that’s four . Also, they seem to have shoved to the side their new managerial framework and have reverted to a more familiar system of technical director and Manager with Mikel Arteta expected to seemingly have more power and say over certain decisions that would determine the future of the team and the club as a whole.
That being said, it would be interesting to see how things unfold for the London club as the general consensus is that these decisions were necessary given the times we find ourselves in. Hopefully, these decisions eventually pay off and yield positive rewards for the club and it’s fans both on and off the pitch.
With these new changes and the reports of Arteta having more influence over decisions, it’ll be interesting to see how this affects the chances of certain players to feature in Arteta’s plans for next season, one of those players is youngster Emile Smith Rowe.
Having come out to say a few weeks ago that he is very impressed with Emile and happy to work with such a talented young player, Arteta has seemingly indicated that the youngster may feature in his plans for next season and with the obvious lack of a creative and attacking threat from the midfield, the ever so documented issues with Mesut Ozil, the impending and likely departure of Matteo Guendouzi and Arteta’s inclination to get his midfield firing again, a golden opportunity might just have presented itself to the youngster.
Smith Rowe a graduate from Arsenal’s famed Hale End academy has been with the club since age 10, he’s one of the club’s highest-rated prospects and another entry in a lengthening line of talented players who are trying to stake their claim in Arteta’s new-look Arsenal.
Bursting onto the scene in Unai Emery’s first season after having a very successful season in the PL2 with the U23 side, the youngster was a surprise inclusion in the preseason roaster where he would go on to impress, scoring that beautiful goal against Atletico Madrid. He followed that up with an assist in a 5-1 thrashing of PSG in the next preseason game on his 18th birthday. Emile would go on to make his first-team debut that season in the Europa league, His appearance was the first Arsenal professional debut by a player born in the 2000s. His first competitive goal would come in a 3-0 Europa league victory over qarabag, Emile was eventually loaned to RB Leipzig but injury would limit him to just 3 appearances. He would end the season with 3 goals in all competitions for Arsenal.
Fast forward to this season, the talented midfielder who can feature in any position in midfield and also behind the striker has developed quite well having spent most of the just-concluded season at Huddersfield, the midfielder was one of the positive’s for Huddersfield from a not so memorable season which saw him basically score the goal that helped them survive relegation capping off quite a successful loan spell for the teenager.
Standing at a surprising 6ft tall, Emile smith Rowe has the presence to thrive in the premier league, and with his flair and mobility on and off the ball, he definitely stands a chance. Arteta has already commented on how he feels the loan spell has given him some maturity and how he’s very pleased with his performances.
“He’s a player with very specific qualities to play in those pockets in that position as an attacking midfielder,” Arteta said while speaking to sky sports.
Emile also seems to have bulked up a bit which will come as an added advantage for him. From all indications, Arteta is ready to give the youngster the required opportunity to impress in the coming season as has been the case with a lot of the club’s youngsters. In Buyako Saka, Joe Willock, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland Niles, William Saliba and Reiss Nelson Arsenal have a group of young talented players that can move the club forward but Emile Smith Rowe could well be another one who stakes his claim in the season to come if the opportunity arises.