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Should Arsenal cut Emile Smith Rowe loose after latest injury setback?

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta announced that Emile Smith Rowe would be sidelined for a few weeks due to yet another injury setback. 

This news couldn’t have come at a worse time for the club ahead of the busy festive season.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder will miss crucial fixtures, including tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United,

He will also miss games against Brentford and Burnley and Arsenal’s Champions League matches against Sevilla and Lens in a jam-packed November schedule.

Smith Rowe may not be a regular starter, but he is a stellar option on the bench for Arsenal. 

His versatility and ability to impact the game as a substitute will be sorely missed during his absence.

However, it’s worth noting that injuries have consistently plagued Smith Rowe’s time at Arsenal. 

He spent a significant portion of the campaign on the sidelines due to various fitness issues last season, which hindered his ability to nail down a permanent spot in the starting line-up.

Given Smith Rowe’s ongoing struggle for game time and his unfortunate battles with injuries, the question arises – is it time for him to seek a change of environment and explore new opportunities?

£65 million signing Kai Havertz

There are compelling reasons for Arsenal to consider parting ways with Smith Rowe. One notable factor is the club’s significant investment in Kai Havertz. 

Arteta appears determined to persist with Havertz, even though the German international has struggled to adapt following his £65 million transfer from Chelsea.

Smith Rowe has seen limited playing time, especially when Havertz is in the equation. 

This choice sends a message to the young midfielder – that he may need to seek consistent playing time elsewhere to further his development.

Smith Rowe needs to be where he is appreciated

A change of scenery could prove beneficial for Smith Rowe. Sometimes, players find their true potential by exploring new challenges in different footballing environments. 

A transfer to another club may grant him the consistent game time he needs to showcase his talents and continue his development.

Possible destinations

Chelsea showed interest in the talented attacker last summer before moving for Cole Palmer. Palmer has performed well since the move, and the Blues will have cooled their interest.

However, Newcastle United have him on their radar. With the Magpies losing Sandro Tonali after his 10-month ban, they could revisit a move for the Arsenal star in January or next summer. 

The latest injury setback for Smith Rowe raises legitimate concerns about his future at Arsenal. 

The ongoing struggles with injuries and the club’s investment in Havertz suggest that a change of scenery may be the next logical step for the talented midfielder. 

He has plenty to contribute to the Gunners, but a fresh start elsewhere could be the catalyst for Smith Rowe’s career to flourish.

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