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Arsenal star dismisses January exit despite links away from North London

Arsenal midfielder who is really loved by fans says he will not leave the club this January.

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Amid swirling rumours about a potential exit from Arsenal in the January transfer window, Emile Smith Rowe has ended speculations linking him with a move away from the club.

Smith Rowe who Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has compared to former Arsenal great Robert Pires for his ‘style of play’ has faced challenges with injuries and limited game-time following since returning to full fitness.

Reports had emerged linking Rowe with a move away, with clubs like West Ham and Chelsea reportedly expressing interest. The Hammers reportedly initiated contact with the Gunners regarding a potential deal for the talented midfielder.

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Despite the transfer speculations, Arsenal are poised to retain Smith Rowe with manager Mikel Arteta expressing belief in the youngsters ability. Speaking in December Arteta praised the way Emile has approached his rehab, and is expecting the 23 year old to push on to come back stronger.

“What he has been through is part of the experience that 95 per cent of footballers have to go through,” the boss said.

“That’s difficulties, injuries, setbacks and different kind of performances too. He’s back now, and he can use that in a very powerful way, he will be a much better player.

“I think he’s on the right path, the way he’s done his rehab, I haven’t seen it like he’s done it this time.

“I think you have seen how his team-mates reacted to him being back with the team, which is a really positive thing as well. The more we can give him chances to play, the better we will be. So let’s hope that’s going to be the case.”

Smith Rowe’s latest comments will cool ongoing rumours, “Training is really intense actually,” the 23-year-old explained to Arsenal media. “I think it’s got to be like that to keep pushing every day and to keep improving, and the manager demands that.

“It’s nice to be high up in the league, but in training, you are not thinking about that – you just want to get better every day and keep improving. I love that side of it. Everybody has to prove that they can play here, so it means every session you have to be at your best. It’s a great environment to be in.”

The midfielder’s commitment will be reassuring for Arsenal fans, who hope to see him play a key role in the club’s chase for success in the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

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