Emile Smith Rowe may have been on loan at Huddersfield Town since January but he’s still had one-on-one video analysis sessions with Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard is known to have used the opening month of the Covid-19-enforced restrictions to hold tactical sessions with the Gunners first team.
It looks as though the process has been pretty inclusive with Smith Rowe confirming that the Spaniard has been passing on advice.
“We have kept in touch during lockdown and we have gone through some clips,” Smith Rowe revealed. “He has told me what I need to improve on.”
The 19-year-old also revealed the boss was fully supportive of him going on loan not long after his Premier League debut against Everton.
“He said that it is probably the best thing for me to go out.”
He added: “You can see he has given the young players chances and that is something all young players should thrive off.
“When you see others playing you want to push yourself and get in that position as well.””
With three assists and a goal in 10 appearances since moving to the John Smith’s Stadium, the England under-21 international has made an immediate impact.
After a frustrating injury-hit loan with RB Leipzig last year, it’s a real positive. He admits, he’s enjoying himself under the tutelage of the Cowley brothers, Danny and Nicky.
“It is like a family here,” Smith Rowe said. “Danny has been amazing to me. He has taught me so much; Nicky as well. They have helped me every day.
“I watch clips with them before every game and it has definitely been different. I can’t thank them enough.”
Huddersfield faced Sheffield United in a friendly this week as they gear up for the Championship’s return on 20 June.
The Terriers have had a tough time of things this season and currently sit in 18th place in the table. They know they have to hit the ground running against high-flying Wigan in 11 days time if they are to ward off the threat of relegation.
For Smith Rowe, a strong finish to the season could well give him the platform he needs to stake a claim for a regular spot in the Gunners first team next season.