Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal had a tremendous transfer window in terms of incomings, but we struggled to offload a few players. Multiple Gunners stars were linked with moves away from North London, but only Emi Martinez, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi found new clubs.
Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Alexandre Lacazette were all linked with moves away, but no deal materialised. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extended his contract, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, after being told he was free to leave, changed Arteta’s mind.
A few youngsters left the club on loan. Dinos Mavropanos moved to Germany to join Stuttgart while Zech Medley, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Tyreece John-Jules and James Olayinka went to lower division clubs to gain some experience this season.
One player who Arsenal chose to retain was Emile Smith Rowe. The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Huddersfield Town where he was sensational. Smith Rowe scored for the Terriers in the penultimate game of the season against West Brom. That was a massive goal for them as it confirmed their survival in the Championship.
Huddersfield Town wanted Smith Rowe back on loan
Terriers chairman, Phil Hodgkinson, has confirmed that Huddersfield tried to bring him back on another loan spell, but Arsenal and Arteta had no plans of letting their youngster leave this summer.
Hodgkinson told The Examiner Live: “We did enquire about some without a shadow of a doubt. We’d already made it clear to Arsenal before the end of the season that if Emile Smith Rowe was available we wanted him but they wanted him in their first-team squad.”
“It’s a very very different market at the moment. That may change in January and we’ll continue to look at that, and as always if it’s the right player and the right deal then we’ll absolutely consider it.”
Smith Rowe is yet to play for this season due to an injury. The 20-year-old is now back in full training, and with the Europa League set to begin this week, there is a good chance we will see him back in action very soon.
With Mesut Ozil no longer an option for Arsenal, the number 10 role is up for grabs. Smith Rowe has excellent vision and has shown that he can be a very dangerous player in front of goal.
The youngster will get a number of chances in the Europa League and in the cup competitions this season. If he can perform as well as we know he can, he will quickly become a regular under Arteta, just like his good mate Bukayo Saka.