Date: 25th December 2020 at 5:10pm
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Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has been sharing his thoughts on Gunners midfielder Emile Smith Rowe and his future role in Mikel Arteta’s squad. 

This comes after Watts recently uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel where he spoke about a number of topics concerning the north London club.

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On the topic of Smith Rowe, who came on a substitute in the second half of Arsenal’s recent 4-1 defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, Watts had this to say on the 20-year-old. (9.48)

He said: “I just think, and I’ve said it before in these videos, Emile Smith Rowe should be in the Premier League team.

“If they’re going to play 4-2-3-1, you play him as the number 10, you find a way of getting him in a team because he is the one player in that squad that can make something happen, he can get in and around the penalty area from midfield, he can score goals, he can create goals.

“Yes, he’s young, yes, he’s inexperienced, but you cannot sit there and tell me that he can’t do any better than what the rest of them are serving up at the moment. We saw it [against City] with that little cameo and he, for me, should be starting week in week out in the Premier League, you should be basing this team around him.”

As a product of Arsenal’s youth academy, Smith Rowe made his senior debut for the club back in September 2018 under former Gunners manager Unai Emery.

Overall, the midfielder has made 16 appearances for Arsenal’s first team in which he has managed to score four goals and provide two assists (per Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments on Smith Rowe…

The fact that Watts has claimed that Smith Rowe should be a regular starter for Arsenal in the Premier League just goes to show how highly he rates the midfielder and recognises just what a useful player he can be for the team when given the chance.

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Given how during the cameo against City, Smith Rowe managed to earn himself a higher match rating than a handful of Arsenal players that played through the entire game, this shows that he has what it takes to perform to a good standard when called upon.