Journalist Charles Watts has claimed that the injury news surrounding Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe will come as a ‘big blow’ as he looks set for a spell on the sidelines.
After the Gunners’ most recent Premier League match, the Englishman was warming down and seemed to pull up with an issue, sparking concerns over his fitness.
Speaking in a recent press conference, manager Mikel Arteta was able to provide an update on the situation, but it didn’t look too great as the Spaniard confirmed Smith Rowe will miss the club’s Europa League game with FC Zurich this week.
The Arsenal boss said: “He felt discomfort in an area that [he’s been dealing with] now for a few weeks. He wasn’t comfortable after the game and he hasn’t trained in the last few days, so he’s out of the squad.”
In response to this news, while talking on his own YouTube channel, Watts outlined his own concerns, saying: “Not great for Smith Rowe, he’s had a very stop-start start to the season once again. Just as he did for the second half of last season when injury started to really sort of impact his body.
“And yeah, not the start of the season he would have wanted and if he’s gonna have a few weeks on the sidelines now that’s a real blow for him, especially at the time when he was just going to start getting some regular minutes because it felt like the Europa League was a real opportunity for him to get some game time.”
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As Watts alludes to, the 22-year-old’s past season was interrupted by fitness struggles as he scored just one league goal after February and was used less frequently by Arteta in the latter stages of the campaign (via Transfermarkt).