Emile Smith Rowe had a pretty good start to Arsenal at the start of the season. However, in recent rounds, the rise of Gabriel Martinelli has made him lose his starting position. Martinelli’s excellence was recognized by the Premier League BTC by nominating him to the list of “December’s Player of the Month”.
Thus, the possibility of starting Smith Rowe will be even lower if Arsenal complete the signature of Philippe Coutinho on loan in the near future. Theoretically, Coutinho is an attacking midfielder who can play to the left, similar to Smith Rowe. In this season, Arteta has had matches where he has learned the game as a number 8 in a 4-1-4-1 formation, but Smith Rowe has not really stood out.
Smith Rowe has a decent set of skills, better suited to the side kick, where he can take advantage of his dexterity to cut inside and finish. It must also be added that, despite being far from goal, Smith Rowe has pocketed eight Premier League goals since the beginning of the season. This number of goals is twice as high as that of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Let’s wait and see in the future, whether Arteta will use Smith Rowe to maximize the ability of his beloved pupil.