Mikel Arteta hints at first-team role for ‘impressive’ Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe

Mikel Arteta has hailed Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe
Mikel Arteta has hailed Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a first-team role for Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe and admits he is ‘very pleased’ with the academy graduate.

Smith Rowe, who has made 12 appearances for the Gunners, was sent on loan to Huddersfield Town earlier in the season and largely impressed, helping the Terriers avoid relegation.

Arteta has been keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old, who joined Arsenal at the age of 10, and says he is ‘excited’ to work with him ahead of the 2020-21 season.

‘He’s a player with very specific qualities to play in those pockets in that position as an attacking midfielder,’ Arteta said of Smith Rowe.

‘I am excited to work with him. I have been talking with him and I have followed him during his spell on loan.

‘I think he’s someone who can be pretty impressive. I’m pleased by what I’ve seen from him.

Smith Rowe impressed for Championship team Huddersfield Town this season
Smith Rowe impressed for Championship team Huddersfield Town this season (Picture: Getty)

‘He needed that exposure and he looks more mature now. I think he will be in a much better place when he comes back in pre-season.

‘The young players want to be important, they want to take the important numbers, and I like that.

‘It’s a good step, and they can be important in the future, but it’s up to them to decide that.’

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