Mikel Arteta says Arsenal have a “big worry” over the fitness of Emile Smith Rowe who misses this evening’s Carabao Cup clash with West Ham due to a knee injury.
The England international made his first Premier League start of the season when the Gunners beat Sheffield United on Saturday but it appears to have taken a toll.
While details are thin on the ground, Arteta says Smith Rowe was in pain after the game and the full extent of the problem is being assessed.
Speaking to Sky Sports at the London Stadium, the boss said: “We have an issue with him. He felt something in his knee and started to feel some pain after the game. We are assessing him, but [it’s] a big worry with him.”
"He felt something in his knee, it's a big worry with him" 🗣
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirms Emile Smith-Rowe has picked up a knee injury 🔴🚨 pic.twitter.com/Jn05SeIwDj
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 1, 2023
Smith Rowe has made eight appearances for the Gunners this season having missed the majority of the last campaign following an operation on his groin.
In September, he revealed the mental challenge he faced while sidelined: “It was a really tough period — having surgery for the first time and then having another setback once I got back on to the pitch. But this is football, you have got to face these challenges, you have ups and downs. I feel like I am a lot stronger and fitter now.”