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Mikel Arteta shares the doubts he had over Emile Smith Rowe and if he could make it at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta shares doubts he had about Emile Smith Rowe and whether the young Arsenal star had a personality big enough to be part of a Premier League dressing room

  • Mikel Arteta reveals doubts he had about Emile Smith Rowe at Arsenal
  • The Spanish boss admits he wasn’t sure how he would do in the dressing room
  • Calls Smith Rowe ‘very shy’ and cites loan spells as turning point for him
  • The 22-year-old was given the number 10 shirt and bowed to England in 2021

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted he initially had ‘doubts’ about Emile Smith Rowe and whether he had what it takes to be part of a Premier League dressing room.

In the new Amazon ‘All of Nothing’ series, which revolves around Arsenal’s 2021-22 Premier League season, Arteta speaks candidly about his first impressions of Smith Rowe and how he came across as a shy and reserved character. ;

“Emile, very shy, he wouldn’t make eye contact with you. I’d say a little uncomfortable and insecure.’

Emile Smith Rowe (second from left) at the premiere of All of Nothing with his teammates

Emile Smith Rowe (second from left) at the premiere of All of Nothing with his teammates

Mikel Arteta reveals his cherished doubts about Smith Rowe and whether he could ease it at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta reveals his cherished doubts about Smith Rowe and whether he could ease it at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta reveals his cherished doubts about Smith Rowe and whether he could ease it at Arsenal

The Spanish manager shares his fears in new Amazon docu-series All or Nothing Arsenal

The Spanish manager shares his fears in new Amazon docu-series All or Nothing Arsenal

The Spanish manager shares his fears in new Amazon docu-series All or Nothing Arsenal

The Gunners boss says it sent the Arsenal graduate on loan, which was the making of Smith Rowe. First to Germany and Bundesliga side RB Leipzig – where he struggled for matches under Julian Naglesmann – then to Huddersfield, where the attacker began to attract attention.

Opening up to the idea of ​​loaning the young star, Arteta reveals his concerns about whether Smith Rowe can cope with the higher and louder voices in the Gunners squad.

“When we loaned him, I said I’m just going to ask you… I’m not going to watch your matches,” the Arsenal boss added. “I just want to hear what people say about you when you’re there, and how they’re going to describe you, not as a player, but as a person.

“Because as a player I have no doubt that you can play for us. But can you handle being in that dressing room? Can you handle the pressure from outside? I don’t know, so you better go over there and force yourself, and he really did.’

Smith Rowe's loan to Huddersfield proved to be a turning point for the attacker and his career

Smith Rowe's loan to Huddersfield proved to be a turning point for the attacker and his career

Smith Rowe’s loan to Huddersfield proved to be a turning point for the attacker and his career

The 22-year-old was given the famous Arsenal number 10 shirt at the start of last season

The 22-year-old was given the famous Arsenal number 10 shirt at the start of last season

The 22-year-old was given the famous Arsenal number 10 shirt at the start of last season

Since returning to The Emirates, the 22-year-old has established himself at Arteta’s side, so much so that he was awarded the famous number 10 shirt early last season.

The Gunners star’s form also saw him earn a first cap for England, as he made a substitution in the Three Lions 5-0 win over Albania in November, before scoring his first goal in the 10-0 days later. 0 beating of San Marino.

Arsenal fans may have to wait to see Smith Rowe in action this season as the attacker is in doubt ahead of their Premier League opener with Crystal Palace on Friday with a slight knock.


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