According to David Ornstein, Arsenal have no desire to allow Emile Smith Rowe to the leave the club this summer.
🚨 Arsenal have no intention of letting Emile Smith Rowe depart this summer. 22yo contracted until 2026 + important part of #AFC plans. After injury-hit campaign, hope is he shines at #U21EURO & in pre-season before big 23/24. W/ @ArtdeRoche @TheAthleticFC https://t.co/sRSk7zzE6E
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 30, 2023
The 22 year old has had a difficult season, undergoing surgery last September for a long-standing groin issue, after which he barely featured.
He made his comeback in January, picked up a small knock but has been fit and available since February. Since then though, he has played just 114 of the 1440 Premier League minutes available.
Understandably, it has led to speculation about his future but – for now at least – it seems we don’t need to worry too much.
Smith Rowe was Arsenal’s second highest scorer last season, and everyone can see the talent and potential, but when players don’t play, it’s hard not to worry.
Speaking last week, Mikel Arteta was clear about his need to get more from players like ESR and Fabio Vieira who haven’t met expectations this season.
“There are players we haven’t had the best out of this season,” he said.
“It’s our job to improve them because there are a few players who haven’t had the minutes or the performances and we have to seek for those players to give us a different edge. It’s not only about signing players.
“It’s about resources, staff and improving certain things that can be done better, more efficiently or smarter.”
Smith Rowe may get a chance to build some summer match-fitness if he is selected for the UEFA U21 EURO Finals, and hopefully a good pre-season can get him back to where we know he can be.