Emile Smith Rowe had a difficult campaign last season as he struggled with a long-term injury, and his lack of game time fuelled speculation that the England international could depart the club this summer.

The midfielder looked back to his best during the under-21 Euros, helping England win the tournament with two goals and a stunning assist in six matches.

The Hale End academy graduate is capable of playing in both a midfield and wide role, but the arrivals of Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz in the last two windows may limit his first-team chances.

However, Mikel Arteta should utilise Smith Rowe more, and the Englishman can play a big part for Arsenal next season as they return to the Champions League.

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Where could Smith Rowe play next season?

Having sold Granit Xhaka to Bayer Leverkusen, Smith Rowe could step up as one of the options for the left number eight role in midfield.

With Declan Rice set to join, Smith Rowe could slot in ahead of the record signing, and alongside Martin Odegaard, as an alternative to Havertz.

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Arsenal are returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2017, and rotation will be crucial throughout the campaign. The 22-year-old could therefore prove to be a very important squad option as the fixtures pile up.

Smith Rowe was one of Arsenal’s top scorers in the previous season before his injury, and if he can return to his top form, he could add yet more goals to the midfield.

Xhaka provided 16 goals and assists in all competitions last season, and Smith Rowe has both the ball-carrying ability and strong finishing technique to be able to better that stat if given the chance.

His performances at the U21 Euros highlighted his intelligence and creative ingenuity, as he helped England play an entertaining style of football, with his strong link-up play helping get the best out of the attackers, and he could replicate this success for Arsenal next season.

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