Emile Smith-Rowe, the talented Arsenal midfielder, has recently spoken about his injury and his determination to return to the first team. The young footballer had been out of action for the first half of the 2022/23 season due to a groin injury that required surgery. However, he is now back in action and eager to make up for lost time.
Emile Smith-Rowe “Ready to Perform” for Arsenal
Emile Smith-Rowe’s Season Thus Far
Smith Rowe has made a total of eight appearances in the Premier League for the Gunners this season. All of these appearances have been from the bench and he has only played for a total of 109 minutes. This is a result of the groin injury he sustained in September of last year. After a successful 2021/22 campaign where he scored 10 goals and contributed to 2 assists, this term has been a tough pill to take for the 22-year-old.
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Determination to Perform
Fabrizio Romano reports that in a recent interview, the Englishman expressed his frustration at being unable to play for so long. He said, “I’m desperate to be playing, the team are doing really well and it’s something I want to be a part of. I’ve got to stay fit now for when the manager needs me. I’m trying to work as hard as I can so I’m ready to perform.”
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Despite his injury setback, the Croydon-born youngster remains determined to help his team. He understands that he needs to work hard to regain his fitness and earn a place in the starting lineup. Consequently, the midfielder is determined to make an impact in the remainder of the season and help the Gunners achieve their goals.
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Smith-Rowe returned to action earlier this month and played a crucial role in the North London side’s dramatic comeback win against Bournemouth. He provided the assist to Thomas Partey’s equalizer in the second half. He also started for the England U21 side against France U21 and scored a fine header as the Young Lions won the game 4-0.
With Manchester City in hot pursuit, Mikel Arteta will take all the help he can get from his players. Having Smith-Rowe back at his best would undoubtedly be a huge boost for the Gunners in their quest for a first league title in 19 years.