Arsenal wonderkid Emile Smith Rowe is dreaming of a regular place in the Gunners team. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is impressing on loan in the Championship with Huddersfield Town, chipping in with three assists and one goal in nine appearances.
He has been earmarked for a bright future at the Emirates Stadium and plans to impress Mikel Arteta upon his return in pre-season.
“I think the main thing now is getting the game time at Huddersfield, testing myself over the rest of the season in the big games,” Smith Rowe told Football London.
“I’ll go back to Arsenal in pre-season and show the manager that I’m capable of getting into the team.
“At the end of the day the dream is to play for Arsenal. That’s what I’ll be working towards.
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“Am I ready for the Premier League? I hope I am. After this loan hopefully I will be much more confident going back to Arsenal.
“I’d like to say I can go back and prove to everyone what I can do.”
Smith Rowe is capable of playing in a number of attacking positions but has been handed the No 10 role by Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley in a bid to boost the Terriers’ productivity in the final third.
The Arsenal loanee said: “The position is really important, playing football is the main thing but playing the No.10 position helped me to settle in. and obviously I know a few of the boys already when I came.
“They helped me so much when I came and now I’m here everyone is welcoming me, everyone is helping every day. They know I’m the youngest in the team.
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He pointed to the experienced players in the team as key to shaping him as a player. “Danny Simpson and Andy King have both won the Premier League so when I’ve got players like that around me it really helps me a lot.”
It is the second loan spell of Smith Rowe’s career after last season’s disappointing period with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
“I still feel like I made the right decision in going over to Germany,” he said.
“The players that are over there: Timo Werner, Emil Forsberg. Being with those players every day, learning a new culture, a different language, living by myself: it was a big step.
“I was 18 at the time and it really helped me in my career. I can’t speak highly enough of Leipzig, they helped me so much with my injury and stuff.”
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