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Arsenal Set to Discuss Hale End Graduate’s Future in Coming Weeks

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Arsenal are planning to hold talks with Emile Smith Rowe’s entourage in the next few days regarding his future at the club.

Emile Smith Rowe’s Fate to Be Resolved Soon

An Injury-Ravaged Career

When Smith Rowe was handed the No.10 shirt he was expected to develop as the lynchpin of this young Arsenal side along with Bukayo Saka. But fate has been kinder to his teammate Saka than him.

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A series of injuries have led to a stop-start career for the attacker/midfielder and has caused nothing but frustration and despair. It was a groin issue that has been a source of headaches for him. It has been troubling him right from the start of his senior Arsenal career and when he was on loan at RB Leipzig. This forced him to undergo surgery to resolve the issue. According to Transfermarkt, Smith Rowe was out for 258 days due to various injuries in the last four seasons and had missed 61 games for the Gunners.

Talks Scheduled

According to journalist Charles Watts, Arsenal and the player’s representatives will hold talks in the next couple of weeks. Being a product of the Hale End Academy he has a special link to the North London club. But featuring regularly in the starting lineup would be his utmost concern. The midfielder has only two years left on his contract.

Even if the 23-year-old is to leave there should be no shortage of suitors for him. He is an intelligent midfielder who can play on the wing as well and is an excellent dribbler. Clubs will start queueing up for him if they receive any indication of a possible departure.

Should Arsenal Keep or Sell

Continuous injuries can affect a player mentally and put a dent in performance when he returns. But Smith Rowe has shown none of that. Whenever he is fit and called upon to play he has given his 100%. The 2021/22 season is proof of the talent he can showcase when healthy. He played in 33 league games that term, scored ten goals, and assisted two.

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Gunners’ midfielder Mohamed Elneny has confirmed his departure. Kai Havertz seems to be destined for a role as a centre-forward rather than a midfielder. And with Thomas Partey’s future in doubt, the team would do well to hold on to Smith Rowe.

Arsenal should convince Smith Rowe to sign a contract extension to protect his market value. And he should be given a chance to prove himself next campaign.

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