Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of signing Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, and that is something that should worry Emile Smith Rowe.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder will reportedly join the Gunners on loan for the rest of the season.
Mesut Ozil did not play for Arsenal this season, and the lack of creativity in attacking midfield department showed for the Gunners.
Although Emile Smith Rowe has emerged as the creator-in-chief at the North London club in recent weeks, he is only 20 years of age, and Arsenal do need another option.
Odegaard would be a good option to have for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder did well during his loan spells at Vitesse and Real Sociedad over the past two seasons and has a lot of experience of playing first-team football at the highest level.
The Norway international’s reportedly imminent arrival at the Emirates Stadium is bad news for Smith Rowe.
Described as a “serious serious baller” by former Premier League champion with Leicester City, Danny Simpson, on Twitter in December 2020, Smith Rowe’s chances in the Arsenal first team could now be limited.
While Arsenal would welcome the competition from Odegaard, for Smith Rowe, it is extra pressure.
True, Arsenal are reportedly planning to hand the 20-year-old a new contract and rate him highly, but for the development and growth of the youngster, he needs to play regular first-team football.
Of course, competition is healthy in any squad and Smith Rowe could now raise his game even further, but the reportedly imminent arrival of Odegaard is something that he could have done without.
According to WhoScored, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder has provided three assists in five Premier League matches, and has scored one goal and provided two assists in three Europa League games for Arsenal so far this season.