Mikel Arteta has challenged Emile Smith Rowe to demonstrate hunger and consistency to regain his place in Arsenal’s starting line-up.
The playmaker enjoyed a successful 2021-22 season with the Gunners, scoring 10 goals and providing two assists in 33 Premier League appearances.
Bukayo Saka (11 goals, seven assists) was the only Arsenal player to be directly involved in more goals than Smith Rowe, whose impressive performances saw him break into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
However, a combination of injuries and illness has seen the 22-year-old lose his place in Arsenal’s team. Indeed, he has only appeared twice from the bench during the Gunners’ bright start to the Premier League season.
Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta issued a rallying cry to the youngster.
“He needs to now earn the right to play in the team,” Arteta said. “In order to do that, he needs to perform and be consistent.
“He’s been injured. He’s not had a clean pre-season, he’s not there yet.
“Every day for me is the key. What he shows every day and that consistency and that hunger to increase the level.”