Stint in the Bundesliga is perfect for Emile Smith Rowe’s development
Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe will be competing in the Bundesliga for the remainder of the season after he completed a loan move to RB Leipzig on Deadline Day.
The teenager signed with the German outfit shortly after Arsenal completed the temporary move of Denis Suarez from Barcelona, who joined the Gunners as the club’s only transfer for the January market.
Unai Emery pinned Smith Rowe down on a long-term deal at the Emirates in July last year and the decision to go on loan at Leipzig for the rest of the season has been welcomed by all parties involved.
The Arsenal manager has made it no secret that he is a big admirer of Smith Rowe and sees him as a valuable part of the club’s future.
Emery used the 18-year-old in the Europa League and Carabao Cup this season and the youngster impressed with three goals in six appearances for the Arsenal first-time.
Sending him to the Bundesliga to gain experience is a tactic that Emery clearly likes to use on his youth players after Reiss Nelson joined Hoffenheim on a season-long loan last summer.
And, Nelson has been a hit for the club and has made massive waves in the German league.
Emery will be hoping Smith Rowe can have a similar experience at Leipzig and return to the North London club as an improved player.
Leipzig are currently fourth in the Bundesliga and the fight to remain in that position, to qualify for the Champions League next season, will be a great challenge for Smith Rowe to take part in.
A short spell in Germany is something more and more English managers are considering these days because of the success that Nelson and Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund are having.
Sancho, though, is on a permanent deal at Dortmund but has been a revelation for the club this campaign and has contributed massively to them leading the Bundesliga competition.
Emery will definitely be excited for what Smith Rowe can achieve in the next few months but more importantly, he will also be excited to see him return at the end of the season as a more developed attacker. All in all, this is a wonderful decision from the Gunners.