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Arsenal: Emile Smith-Rowe hoping to be in full training by end of the month

Arsenal: Emile Smith-Rowe hoping to be in full training by end of the month

Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe is hoping to be in full training by the end of the month, according to Football.London.

The England youth international has been struggling with a groin injury he sustained while training with Arsenal before Christmas back in 2018.

The youngster featured and scored in the development squad’s fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion’s under-23s earlier in the month.

Smith-Rowe had a miserable spell on loan at German club Red Bull Leipzig, featuring just three times for the Bundesliga side due to injury.

Perhaps a loan move would do the youngster the world of good, especially after the signings Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe, both of whom play in the same attacking positions Smith-Rowe does.

Indeed, Ceballos has already shown his promise at Arsenal with his man of the match performance at home to Burnley in just his second game for the Gunners.

While Arsenal were on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline at Anfield, Pepe showed his quality against the European champions, Liverpool. The Ivorian completed more dribbles than any player has managed in a Premier League game so far this season (via WhoScored).

Reiss Nelson has already gained the experience while on loan as he impressed at Hoffenheim, scoring seven goals in just five starts in the Bundesliga (via WhoScored) and Joe Willock has been a fixture in the first-team so far this season.

This isn’t to say Smith-Rowe isn’t good enough, as he showed real quality in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign where the youngster scored in a 3-0 win over Vorskla. Furthermore, Unai Emery is believed to have told the player how important he is in the past, so the Gunners clearly rate the U17 World Cup winner.

With that in mind, a loan move away is a suitable move for the youngster, who could use fellow Hale-End graduate Nelson as a shining example to follow.

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