TalkSPORT pundit Darren Bent said Emile Smith Rowe has been left behind at Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal as speculation links the playmaker with a move from Emirates Stadium.
The former Tottenham Hotspur striker said so talkSPORT (6:08 p.m., August 30, 2023) that Arsenal attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is struggling to return to the team due to competition for places.
Bent has noted that the 23-year-old finds it difficult to play regularly for the first-team with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Leandro Trossard currently playing well.
The pundit believes Smith Rowe, who can also play as a winger, has stayed behind at Arsenal after stepping onto the scene alongside fellow England international Saka.
Darren Bent on Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe
90 mins have reported that Chelsea, Aston Villa and Newcastle United are interested in signing Smith Rowe from Premier League rivals Arsenal in the final days of the summer transfer window.
Bent said of Smith Rowe: “He’s a talent, Smith Rowe. When he carries the ball, he slides with the ball…
“He saw the formation of this Arsenal squad, which sort of evolved past him.
“If he was fit and there, he would have been there.
“He’s trying to get into the game with Saka, Odegaard is playing well, Martinelli is playing well.
“We have Trossard now. There are options. He found it a bit difficult.”
We believe it will be extremely difficult for Smith Rowe to break into the Arsenal first-team anytime soon.
Let’s not forget that Arsenal signed Germany international Kai Havertz from London and Premier League rivals Chelsea this summer.
Smith Rowe is now fully fit but has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.
The 23-year-old playmaker did not start for Arsenal last season in the Premier League and made just 12 appearances as a substitute.
Barring dramatic changes, it’s hard to imagine a long-term successful career for Smith Rowe at Arsenal.
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