Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has put speculation to rest by affirming his desire to keep Emile Smith Rowe at the Emirates Stadium beyond the ongoing January transfer window.
In a recent statement addressing Smith Rowe’s potential departure, Arteta made his stance explicit, indicating his wish for the 23-year-old to remain an integral part of Arsenal’s squad.
Despite hinting that he wouldn’t impede Smith Rowe’s departure if the player desired to leave, Arteta emphasised the England international’s significance within the team and assured him of ample opportunities.
While speculations linking Smith Rowe to Newcastle United surfaced, Arteta debunked any notions of the midfielder departing during the summer of 2023, firmly stating that such an exit was never part of Arsenal’s plans.
Regarding the possibility of Smith Rowe requesting a transfer, Arteta emphasised the importance of maintaining open communication with the players, asserting, “This is a two-way conversation all the time with players. I love listening to them about how they are feeling, what is the best thing for them, or what they want to do.”
Highlighting the significance of the ongoing season, Arteta urged patience and reassured Smith Rowe of upcoming opportunities, affirming, “This is a two-way conversation all the time with players. I love listening to them about how they are feeling, what is the best thing for them, or what they want to do.
“Because you really have to be aligned with them and how they are feeling and they have to feel important.
“This is still the biggest part of the season to play now and we have to be patient, and he will have his chances.”
This season, Emile Smith Rowe has showcased his capabilities through one Premier League start and five substitute appearances, contributing with an assist in these games. Additionally, the versatile youngster, capable of playing as a winger, has made three appearances as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League and featured once in the Carabao Cup for the Gunners.