Arsenal could have a forgotten player who'll be so important after the World Cup - TBR View
The Evening Standard reports that Smith Rowe should return from injury after the tournament in Qatar.
The 22-year-old picked up a groin injury after the loss to Manchester United back in September and hasn’t featured for the Gunners since.
Smith Rowe had made just four appearances for Arteta’s side before he was sidelined, with all of them coming from the bench.
But with plenty of games to come after the World Cup, he could become an important option for his boss over the course of the season.
Smith Rowe could be important after the World Cup
Smith Rowe will undoubtedly have to play catch-up when he returns next month, with Arsenal enjoying a brilliant run of form in his absence.
Odegaard is highly unlikely to lose his place in the starting line-up, while the front-three of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus looks set in stone.
But with games set to come thick and fast when the Premier League restarts, it will be important for Arteta to rotate his squad.
It’s no secret that the Gunners are lacking quality depth in midfield and across the front-three. But Smith Rowe could provide exactly that over the second-half of the campaign.
The Englishman was a standout performer at the Emirates last season as he bagged 11 goals and provided two assists in all competitions.
He’s a player who has also shown that he is capable of playing in multiple positions, including central-midfield and across the front-three.
Arsenal will undoubtedly be keen to provide Arteta with some fresh faces in January, particularly in midfield and the wide areas.
But Smith Rowe has shown he is capable of filling these roles and could be called upon if any of Arsenal’s key players pick up injuries. He’s been unlucky in terms of his injury this season but did look set for a bit-part role this season.
Yet, if Arsenal want to maintain their push to challenge for the Premier League title, they’ll need to rely on their whole squad. And Smith Rowe could be a valuable asset after the World Cup as Arteta will be aiming to fight for the Premier League title, alongside playing in the Europa League.
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