Mikel Arteta doesn’t think the muscular problem that Emile Smith Rowe picked up in Sunday’s win against Leicester is too serious.
The midfielder went down a couple of minutes before half time and was replaced by Martin Odegaard.
There had been concerns prior to the fixture that the England under-20 international was being overplayed having featured in 15 of the Gunners last 16 games since Boxing Day.
Thankfully, it sounds like he’s not done too much damage although he’ll likely miss Saturday’s trip to Burnley.
“Emile had a scan yesterday,” Arteta revealed on Wednesday. “It doesn’t look a significant injury but he was in discomfort. For the rest, hopefully everybody should be okay.”
The news also boosts Smith Rowe’s chances of an England promotion. In an interview with talkSPORT yesterday, Gareth Southgate spoke in glowing terms about the 20-year-old and fellow Gunner Bukayo Saka.
While a call-up to the senior squad might be out of reach, a debut for Aidy Bothroyd’s under-21s in the upcoming Interlull isn’t out of the question.
Asked about Southgate labelling the pair a “breath of fresh air”, Arteta said: “Obviously we know the [England] staff and we know how they are looking at them.
“We are extremely happy and proud that they can be used with England because that means we can provide some talent that has come through our academy and I think there is nothing better for us than that.”