Arsenal will be desperate to get the better of BATE Borisov in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie, after suffering defeat last time out in Belarus.
The Gunners need to be at their best in the Premier League from here on in if they are to stand any chance of securing a top four spot, with Manchester United and Chelsea both in the race.
Interestingly, it appears as if the Gunners have their sights set on securing a possible summer swoop, as according to Calciomercato (via The Sun), Arsenal want Bayern Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz to replace Mesut Ozil.
However, this could have a negative effect on one of the club’s current youngsters, with Emile Smith Rowe possibly facing a battle to earn a place at the Emirates in the future.
With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…
Kai Havertz is arguably one of the most promising attacking midfielders in the whole of world football as he continues to make a name for himself over in Germany. He currently has 12 goals and six assists to his name in the current campaign and he’s only 19 years of age, so he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Indeed, the youngster may cost a lot of money in the summer and he could still crack under the pressure in the Premier League, so he could be seen as a slight gamble.
TT GRADE: A
EMILE SMITH ROWE
Emile Smith Rowe is arguably the most promising player at the Emirates but he’s currently on loan at German side RB Leipzig, with regular minutes being important at this stage in his career.
The youngster impressed in the first-team ranks at Arsenal prior to his move to Germany as he managed to produce an impressive three goals in six appearances.
But, with Kai Havertz, who is valued at £58.5 million (by Transfermarkt), possibly rocking up at the Emirates in the summer, it may be difficult for him to enjoy a run in the side, which could result in another loan move.
TT GRADE: A-
When comparing these two, it’s safe to say that Kai Havertz is currently showing more promise but he’s been securing regular minutes, which is something that Smith Rowe hasn’t been able to do.
Indeed, Emery risks ruining the career of the Arsenal wonderkid for the sake of bringing in Havertz in the summer transfer window, as the German operates in the same position as Smith Rowe and he would more than likely be ahead of him in the pecking order. It doesn’t make much sense as Emile Smith Rowe has shown that he can deliver quality performances and has plenty of potential still yet to be unlocked.