Reports surfaced last night of an injury to Emile Smith Rowe who appeared to pull up during Arsenal’s warm down following the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the England international suffered an issue and was visibly distressed before departing the Old Trafford pitch with assistant coach Carlos Cuesta.
It’s not unusual for unused substitutes and those who’ve played only a few minutes to be put through their paces once the stadium has emptied out.
🚨 Emile Smith Rowe appeared to pull up with an injury during Arsenal warm-down. 22yo attacking midfielder looked distressed as he was accompanied back to dressing room by #AFC assistant coach Carlos Cuesta, while rest of substitutes continued their session @TheAthleticUK #MUNARS pic.twitter.com/rz9TKGr6Yt
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 4, 2022
Smith Rowe had come on as a substitute in the 73rd minute as the Gunners chased an equaliser but wasn’t able to help turn things around. It was his fourth appearance off the bench of the new campaign after a disjointed pre-season that was also affected by fitness issues.
The midfielder would have been hoping to start against FC Zurich in Thursday’s Europa League game in Switzerland but that may now be in doubt if he’s suffered a muscular problem.
We now await an update from Mikel Arteta who will next face the press on Wednesday.