‘Frustrating’: £50,000k-a-week Arsenal “HOT STAR” now says it’s been the hardest season of his career so far.
Arsenal’s rising star, Emile Smith Rowe, has opened up about the difficulties he has faced this season, admitting that it has been the toughest of his career so far.
The youngster, who is currently earning £50,000-a-week, has had to settle for minutes off the bench due to his injury struggles and the form of other midfielders like Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard.
Smith Rowe was speaking alongside his fellow academy graduates to Sky Sports ahead of Arsenal’s clash with West Ham. The game will be crucial for the Gunners as they aim to extend their gap over Manchester City to three points. Pep Guardiola’s side has been in unstoppable form, putting all the pressure on Arsenal.
However, Mikel Arteta’s team has built a strong foundation around a number of talented young players, including Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and William Saliba, who have become focal points in the team.
Arsenal can also boast having a plethora of academy graduates in their first team, with Eddie Nketiah deputizing brilliantly for Gabriel Jesus during his lengthy injury absence, and Reiss Nelson’s incredible last-gasp goal against Bournemouth.
Unfortunately for Smith Rowe, his season has been plagued with injuries, making it hard for him to make an impact on the pitch. When he has been available, he has had to settle for a place on the bench.
Despite this setback, he remains positive about the team’s current position, saying, “It’s been frustrating, but obviously I’m happy with where the team are at the moment.”
Arsenal reportedly sees Smith Rowe as the potential heir to Granit Xhaka, but the club is also said to be looking for another central midfielder this summer. Smith Rowe still has time to make an impact this season, where unlikely heroes have popped up throughout the squad.
Arteta’s reliance on the youngsters has shown a glimpse of what Arsenal’s future could look like. The club has a long history of developing young talent, and the current crop of academy graduates could be the key to their success in the coming years. However, it will be crucial for players like Smith Rowe to stay fit and make a regular impact if they are to fulfill their potential.
The Gunners’ upcoming clash with West Ham will be a test of their mettle, but with the likes of Smith Rowe waiting in the wings, they will be confident of securing a crucial victory. The young midfielder will undoubtedly be hoping for more game time to showcase his talents, and his performance could be pivotal to Arsenal’s success this season.