Smith Rowe set for Leipzig loan move

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According to the Independent, Emile Smith Rowe is set to join RB Leipzig on loan for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old has sidelined by a hip injury recently but his progression since the summer has been marked.

Invited to join the first team on the pre-season tour of the Far East, he caught the eye with a barnstorming goal against Atletico Madrid. Since then he’s made six appearances, featuring in the Premier League, and scoring goals in both the League Cup and Europa League.

He looks a top talent, but obviously, with the arrival of Denis Suarez and a possible winger, there’s a concern that his game time in the second half could be limited to the under-23s.

In such circumstances, a loan move makes sense. As does joining the Bundesliga where Reiss Nelson has been making waves. Leipzig, who are fourth in the table, will be focused on domestic matters having crashed out of the Europa League.

From the sounds of things, Eddie Nketiah is also going to head to Germany. He’s being tipped to join Augsburg until the end of the season where he’ll join forces with Jens Lehmann who became an assistant coach at the club this week.

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Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I would love to see him loaned out to get even more games under his belt this season. He should go.
But Eddie, hell no, he should stay

santori
santori

Nah. Eddie should go on loan to develop.

Nelson was the one we should have kept given poor output on the right.

But with potentially Carrasco coming in, we don’t have space for Eddie with peripheral cups and FA cup gone.

Carrasco plays predominantly left side but Iwobi can also play right.

OTOH, Carrasco also ha a function as a left side of a front two. He can play forward.

clins
clins

I guess crashing out of two cup games effectively means there will be fewer chances for both of them from here onwards. but we still have europa league. I hope emery and the team knows what they are doing. We are already stretching our squad to the limits here.

jon

Smith Rowe is hugely talented. I see a new De Breune, with better speed. But in order to take the last step, he needs experience on the highest level. Arsenal cannot afford running a football school in their Premier league fixtures, so a loan is right.

I hope to see him play regularly on Arsenal in the future.

Tim
Tim

Like De Bruyne but faster? Wow he has some big boots to fill 🙂

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Talk about typical arsenal fan hype pressure, sheeeeesh.

James
James

Like Messi but with faster feet, better dribbling and more clinical in front of goal…

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

A bit like God, Jesus and Buddha rolled into one but also a footballer with feet as quick and skilled as the kind of Einstein. If he was a drill he’d be like those top of the range Hilti’s, if he was a car he’d be a BMW with all the extras and the speed of a Ferrari with ace footballing skills.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Sure.Build him up only to through him off a cliff if it doesn’t work out after a few starts :/ No need for these outlandish expectations.I always remember JET and Jack and remain cautious.A number of things can go wrong,lets just hope he continues to develop without injuries and can contribute to our squad in a couple years time.that’ll be good enough for me.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

*Throw ..ffs

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Funnily enough, I remember one time on this very site someone claiming Jack could be like “our Messi” due to his dribbling in a preseason game.

santori
santori

Good move to a decent team.

Very promising youngster and frankly maybe the reason why we aren’t as bothered with Ramsey leaving.

santori
santori

Also to note with regard loans, Chambers scored for Fulham.

I believe they have been using him at Cback and as a DM.

Why we loaned him is beyond me. Instead he could have covered at Lback or left side of back 3 (plus utility in midfield) We would not need Lichsteiner at 90K a week or Elneny at 55K.

Perplexing decisions by the Transfer and loans team.

Rayk 47

I completely agree. Thought we would be screwed if we had an arsenalesque injury run… and lo and behold, our defence is ducked

Mc1892
Mc1892

They also conceded two more goals to go with the 51 they already had done in 23 games, which is more his area of concern given where he’s playing. And from what I gather he’s not looked particularly great for most of the season. Some real rose-tinted specs being donned for Chambers at the moment. And what makes you think he could cover at left back?! I’d imagine he still wakes up in cold sweats seeing the name ‘Montero’ speeding past him, and that was on his stronger side! I think it was an odd decision loaning him but can see their thinking- we’ve just been horrendously unlucky with injuries.

Dobby
Dobby

Eddie needs games but who’s going to be our third choice striker now?

Pradeep Kachhala
Pradeep Kachhala

He will play just one hence the need for two wingers

Dobby
Dobby

Seems a waste to leave Laca or auba on the bench. Certainly don’t envy the manager having to make that decision

Moley mole the mole who lives in a hole.
Moley mole the mole who lives in a hole.

Me. I’m available on a free.

Pete
Pete

Me. I’m happy to pay to play…

Roybaggio
Roybaggio

I had Emile Smith-Rowe as one of the players that should be starting in that wide right position especially with Miki out! But going out on loan could be highly beneficial for Arsenal, if he improves on his tactical awareness and physical strength he should be pushing for first team action come 19/20 season. I like Nketiah too there’s a calmness about him when he’s in the box. Hoping if he does go on loan that he gets some much needed game time!!

Caligunner
Caligunner

Unfortunately ESR was hurt or got hurt around the same time

I think he’s a nice prospect but he’s not good enough right now to be playing regularly for the first team

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Love this move. A team that works well with youth and will (hopefully) get the most out of him and catapult his development.

Matt
Matt

This would be cool. That is all I have to contribute.

Cacho
Cacho

Only a few years ago he would’ve been getting a move to Charlton or somewhere down the leagues. I’m sure these kids will enjoy a change of scenery. Maybe a bit more for them to get excited about at a place like Leipzig than Blackpool

eddymc2
eddymc2

If only Bundesliga clubs were looking at young talent at English clubs when we decided to loan Gnabry out :'(

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

They were (I believe Hoffenheim enquired), but we decided to keep him in British, which I could understand.

What I could never understand why Wenger felt Pulis was ever the right choice for him, or let alone keep him there when we had a chance to recall. Then on top had little communication with either.

We basically stranded him in the middle of Modor without any support or communication.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Wasn’t that the whole problem under AW in the modern era? Not enough delegation or support staff to handle this? It would make sense to have someone look after loans for the younger players.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Per has already sorted it.

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner

With Suarez coming in and Ozil and Ramsey still here, this seems like the right move. He seems very promising. But we’re out of the cups and the easy part of the Europa League. So he’s not likely to get minutes at Arsenal.
Sending Eddie N out seems a much bigger risk though, unless we get a proven attacker on loan. Otherwise, we have only Laca and Auba as proven scorers. If one of them gets hurt, the options are pretty thin for goals. Ramsey or Saka maybe. Eddie’s young, but he can score and at least he plays the right position. Iwobi, for all his promise, has not proven he much of a scoring threat. I would view sending out Eddie as too risky without someone coming in.

Hantal
Hantal

Loan in a player who is hasn’t shown much promise
Loan out a youth player who has

And pay for the privilege of doing so. Hardly good business

Prakhar
Prakhar

He is the best player from our academy in a long time. And like many 18 year olds in the world who are better than Iwobi, I reckon he is one as well.

Richie

This is a really good move but only if he’s actually going to start games though. No point going there to warm the bench. Copy and paste that for Nketiah too.