Arsenal have always had a history of promoting and nurturing young talent as we have seen many cases of that over the years.
Every year, we can see some player who appears to be on the verge of having a breakout season. And yes there have been many who did not live up to their potential but one player that seems ready to burst on the scene is Emile Smith Rowe who has just extended his contract with the Gunners.
He has been very impressive in all the games during the preseason as he has shown just exactly what he is capable of. The last season was one where he put his stamp on the youth teams and he was expected to make a mark on the first team as well.
While it is hard to see him becoming a regular for the first team, it is very possible that he will have a big role to play for the team.
His finest moment as an Arsenal player came in the preseason match against Atletico Madrid where he scored a goal and what a goal it was. Smith Rowe took control of a loose ball and dribbled past a couple of players then hit a curling shot that left the keeper with no chance.
Speaking to the Arsenal website, manager Unai Emery had a lot of positive things to say about the youngster. He said:
“I am pleased with Emile’s contribution so far this pre-season. He is working very hard and has lots of potential. I look forward to working with him and the other young players and helping them to develop as Arsenal players.”
It is clear to see the regard in which he is held at the club by everyone so we can expect Smith Rowe to have a lot of opportunities this season. He will surely play a part in the cup competitions.
The important thing for Arsenal is that they do not let the pressure get to the youngster. The last thing that the Gunners will want is for Smith Rowe to feel burnt out and lose focus. The early signs seem to be promising and we can trust the management to take care of the player.
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