Mikel Arteta has praised Emile Smith Rowe’s hunger as the young midfielder looks to improve his goal tally for Arsenal.
One goal in seven appearances this season indicates the 21-year-old is very much a work in progress although the regularity with which he’s finding himself in dangerous areas inside the box suggests he’s growing in confidence.
During the Interlull, the youngster highlighted the support he’s getting in training from Arsenal’s experienced players and the boss believes he has all the ingredients to start making more match-winning contributions.
“I think the intention, the hunger and the ambition should be there,” he told the media ahead of Monday’s clash with Crystal Palace.
“He’s capable of doing it. We want to ask players [to do] things they can achieve, and I’m sure Emile can improve that part of his game.
“He’s so willing to do it. He’s working on it almost every day and he’s asking the right questions. He’s getting better because he has a real hunger.”
On Smith Rowe staying humble, he added: “To be fair, Emile is naturally like this. If anything, sometimes you have to tell him how good he is. He needs to believe how good he is.
“You have to encourage him to try [things] he’s capable of doing. He’s a joy to work with. It’s still very early in his career but we’re really happy to have him in the team.”