Arsenal star Emile Smith-Rowe has broken into Mikel Arteta’s starting line-up and his impact has coincided with two successive Premier League wins for the Gunners – but it could have been very different, according to a report from the Daily Mirror.
Smith-Rowe, 20, is a benficiary of Arsenal’s poor form – with Arteta forced into making changes in a bid to bring some points to North London. He, along with Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, have starred as Arteta entrusts the youngsters.
He got an assist against Chelsea and played well at Brighton. But he could have been doing it in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt, instead of an Arsenal one – according to the Mirror. The report says Tottenham tried to sign him during his academy days.
The report also claims Chelsea, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven tried to lure Smith-Rowe away from Arsenal after he initially joined the Gunners academy at the tender age of just 10. Instead, he has now 18 senior Gunners appearances to his name.
TBR’s view – Where would Smith-Rowe be best served right now?
Barcelona have brought through a number of young players but it is clear that if Ronald Koeman wants a player who is going to start week in, week out – he will look at the transfer market, instead of the youth academy.
PSV Eindhoven and other Dutch teams always bring through young players – but Smith-Rowe’s talent is above the Eredivisie. Chelsea have brought through some players but only because of last season’s transfer window ban.
Tottenham are good with their younger players, but Arsenal have been better in the last few seasons. Smith-Rowe is at the perfect place to nurture his talent and maximise his potential – especially under Arteta.