Report: Emile Smith Rowe set to leave Arsenal on loan
Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe is set for a loan move away next season, with several clubs from home and abroad lining up to sign the teenager this summer, according to reports.
The 18-year-old featured occasionally last season for the Gunners, scoring three times from five starts last term, while injury problems hampered his loan spell at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga in the second half of the campaign.
But according to The Independent, Leipzig are included in a number of clubs open to signing the midfielder this summer, with Wolfsburg and an unnamed La Liga side among those from the continent to display an interest in Smith Rowe’s services.
However, his injury problems are reportedly still persisting, with his future to be decided over the coming weeks as his recovery continues.
Interest is also said to be present from clubs in the Premier League and the Championship, meaning Smith-Rowe should be in no shortage of options when it comes to selecting his next destination.
Smith Rowe has had a promising start to his Arsenal career, making his first start in September and scoring his first goal in Gunners colours against Qarabag in the Europa League in early October.
He soon followed that up with a goal against Blackpool at the Emirates Stadium, and earned himself a move to the Bundesliga – though his fitness issues saw his playing time at Leipzig limited to just 26 minutes.
But the early promise of his senior career – and the queue of clubs waiting to fight it out for his signature – affirms the amount of hope at Arsenal and elsewhere that the midfielder has a bright career ahead of him.
Should first-team opportunities not be forthcoming for Smith-Rowe in a similar vein to last season, a loan move may be best to aid his development, especially after spending a while on the sidelines through injury.
With other Arsenal youngsters such as Reiss Nelson (at Hoffenheim) or Krystian Bielik (who earned promotion to the Championship while on loan at Charlton) making the most of their respective loan spells, there is no reason, on the evidence of Smith Rowe’s early Arsenal career, why he cannot forge a successful spell of his own at another club.
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