2. Emile Smith Rowe
Just when it looked as if Smith Rowe was gaining some momentum, the midfielder was struck by another injury which has kept him out of Arsenal’s last four games before the November international break.
With Granit Xhaka leaving the club and Kai Havertz struggling to fill the void, Smith Rowe has a real chance of re-establishing himself in Arteta’s XI. However, the boss certainly has reservations about the playmaker’s capacity to defend within his 4-4-2 structure following his struggles in pre-season.
The boss didn’t give up on Smith Rowe in the summer after a difficult 2022/23 campaign, but his injury woes are going to prevent him from making any sort of sustained impact, he could be regarded as a disposable asset once the winter window rolls around.
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