Arsenal’s breakthrough star – Emile Smith Rowe

As the full-time whistle blew on Arsenal’s first pre-season friendly against MK Dons, assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg made a beeline towards Emile Smith Rowe. As the rest of the team headed down the tunnel, the Dutchman put his arm around the youngster and talked him through a series of tactical points.

The work with Smith Rowe did not end there. After the match, the Arsenal physios led him through a series of sprinting exercises. Considerable attention is being lavished on the 20-year-old. Arsenal do not single him out because he is underperforming. They do so because they believe he can be special.

As things stand, Smith Rowe’s immediate future is not entirely clear. Back in July, head coach Mikel Arteta spoke of being “excited” at the prospect of working with the player after a successful loan spell in the Championship with Huddersfield Town. That public pronouncement was backed up by an internal assurance that he figured in plans for…

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