Emile Smith Rowe is set to return to pre-season training earlier in order to impress Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta ahead of the next season.
After being told by Mikel Arteta that he wants him to stay this summer, Emile Smith Rowe will join up with the Arsenal squad in the United States as he seeks to build on the momentum from his success with the England U21s at the European Championships, as per Football London.
Emile Smith Rowe has enjoyed a brilliant tournament at the U21 European Championships over the last month. The Arsenal star scored twice and assisted once in three starts for the England U21s throughout the tournament. They beat Spain U21s 1-0 in the final last weekend to list the trophy and Emile Smith Rowe was one of the standout players from the tournament, which is exactly what Mikel Arteta would have wanted from his number ten.
Emile Smith Rowe had the option to extend his holiday before joining up with the squad later this month, however Arsenal’s number ten has turned down the time off as he aims to impress Mikel Arteta ahead of next season. The 22-year-old will now join up with his teammates later this week when they return from Germany.
Emile Smith Rowe’s future has been questioned in recent weeks after a subpar 2022/23 campaign. The 22-year-old has been in and out of the Arsenal team with injuries over the last year, which is disappointing after such a successful season the year before.
During the 2021/22 campaign, Emile Smith Rowe finished as Arsenal’s top scorer in the league with ten goals, however he was unable to replicate that form last season. Despite his lack of availability, Mikel Arteta is not ready to give up on The Hale End graduate just yet with the Arsenal boss wanting him to stay at the club ahead of next season.
The 22-year-old will now have less than a week off before joining up with the rest of the Gunners squad in America. Arsenal will travel to the States on Sunday ahead of preseason friendlies against the MLS All Stars, Manchester United and Barcelona.
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