3. A goal threat
While Smith Rowe’s raw creative numbers may leave something to be desired, his goalscoring output certainly does not.
During the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, his most impressive individual season to date, he scored an impressive ten goals in the league, as per Sofascore. Since then, injuries have prevented the 23-year-old from repeating the feat, but it does demonstrate that he can regularly score goals in an Arteta side.
Havertz has so far failed to fill the void left by the departing Granit Xhaka, who surprisingly became a threat in the opposition’s box last season, and a player who can arrive late into the box and put the ball in the back of the net, as the Swiss international became known for last campaign, could be what the team needs.
As of right now, Fabio Vieira is deservingly ahead of Smith Rowe in the pecking order based on current form. However, I do believe that in the long term, the latter will prove himself to be the best option for this role at the club.