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Grass is greener: Emile Smith Rowe has no excuse not to force loan exit from Emirates struggle

Make no mistake, Unai Emery seems to really rate Emile Smith Rowe. He featured throughout the summer, and he’s had some involvement this season, too. However, there’s no doubting that his time at the Emirates remains a bit of a struggle.

He’s not yet a regular at the club, and he’s had to settle for very occasional appearances so far this term.

Obviously, that’s better than he’s had over the last few years, but could it be even better still?

A handful of homegrown players have spent time outside of the Premier League over the last few years, with the trend of grown in England talents remaining in England slowly coming to an end.

Individuals like Andreas Christensen, who went to Borussia Monchengladbach on loan, and Jadon Sancho, who left Man City for Borussia Dortmund permanently, have achieved great things – and Smith Rowe should choose to follow in their paths.

A loan to Germany could be the making of him, and there are a few reasons why.

The first reason comes in the mere form of availability. Arsenal’s attacking options are plentiful, and so regardless of how well he plays, Smith Rowe is going to find it tough to force his way into the side. That might not be the case abroad, though, with European sides generally more open to giving young players a chance.

Let’s not forget, he’s a remarkable talent, and many lower end sides in England would likely be interested in his services. However, the level in the Bundesliga, or other top European leagues, is far superior, and so if he’ll get minutes  – why not?

His playstyle is also perfectly suited to a role in mainland Europe, and in Germany in particular.  He’s quick, he’s technical, he’s got a fantastic range of passing.

Smith Rowe will, no doubt, get minutes at Arsenal this term. But perhaps he’d be better served by a few months abroad – and then he can use that to come in fighting next term.

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Grass is greener: Emile Smith Rowe has no excuse not to force loan exit from Emirates struggle
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