Emile Smith Rowe will take a shorter holiday this summer in order to join the Arsenal squad for their pre-season tour in the United States of America, following his victorious exploits at the under-21 Euros.
The 22-year-old was outstanding as England won the tournament, and he is eager to impress Mikel Arteta as he has denied himself the chance of a longer holiday in order to prepare himself for next season.
Smith Rowe had a difficult season as he was absent with a long-term injury, but he is hoping to be back at his best next season and can be a real asset for Arsenal as they return to the Champions League.
The midfielder’s lack of minutes last season led to speculation over his long-term future at the club, but this will be a good sign as his hunger and desire to succeed at his boyhood club are on full display.
Football.London has revealed that he is willing to forego the holiday time he is entitled to so that he can enjoy an injury-free full pre-season, and he will hope to force his way into Arteta’s starting XI for the Community Shield match against Manchester City.
How big is this season for Smith Rowe?
The England international was outstanding for Arsenal in the 2021-22 season, but barely featured last season as the Gunners raised their level to finish second, but fell just short of the title.
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He initially suffered from injuries relating to growing pains and had surgery on his groin last year. Now that his fitness is starting to build, as seen in the under-21 tournament, he will finally be able to showcase his true talent.
Some may have forgotten his quality, but prior to his surgery he was often selected ahead of Gabriel Martinelli in the pecking order at Arsenal, and if he can have an explosive comeback season, then he could thrive on the same level as some of the other top-class young talents currently shining for the Gunners in Bukayo Saka, Martinelli and William Saliba.