Emile Smith Rowe has frequently been compared to Jack Wilshere when progressing through the ranks at Arsenal, but there are fears that the similarities between the pair could stretch even further.
As has been well documented, injuries frequently stopped Wilshere in his tracks, and there are concerns that Smith Rowe could follow a similar path, with the midfielder having suffered another setback while playing for the U23s against Derby County last night.
Smith Rowe had been working his way back to full fitness by featuring prominently for the second-string in recent weeks, but he had to be substituted at Pride Park, with Miguel Azeez replacing him.
Last season, after enjoying an excellent first half of the campaign at Arsenal, Smith Rowe saw his loan spell at RB Leipzig heavily affected by an injury.
In the previous campaign he also had a spell on the sidelines, and it is hoped that his latest setback won’t keep him out for too long.
When Smith Rowe is fully fit he is perhaps Arsenal’s best young player given his superb close control, excellent passing and ability to burst forwards with regularity.
If he can manage to overcome his injury issues then Smith Rowe has a very good chance of becoming a star player for Arsenal in the future, but the amount of time that he has spent on the sidelines already in his career is certainly concerning.
There is no news yet on the severity of Smith Rowe’s latest injury, and if he isn’t out for too long then the 19-year-old could still enjoy a productive first half of the season with Arsenal, featuring in the cup competitions before perhaps heading out on loan again thereafter.