Mikel Arteta has revealed to the club’s official website that Emile Smith Rowe has been working on his shooting in Arsenal training every day, and it is an area of his game which has improved considerably.
A new goalscorer?
Smith Rowe scored for England’s under-21 side over the international break, but the Arsenal man hasn’t always been the most prolific scorer.
The playmaker has netted just nine goals for Arsenal in 52 games so far.
But Arteta insists that the 21-year-old is doing plenty of work in training to ensure that he scores more often and he has already seen a big improvement in that area of his game.
“I think the intention, the hunger and the ambition should be there. He’s capable of doing it,” he said.
“We want to ask players [to do] things they can achieve, and I’m sure Emile can improve that part of his game.
“He’s so willing to do it. He’s working on it almost every day and he’s asking the right questions. He’s getting better because he has a real hunger.”
Arteta also suggested that Smith Rowe doesn’t actually realise just how talented a player he is right now.
“To be fair, Emile is naturally like this [humble],” he said.
“If anything, sometimes you have to tell him how good he is. He needs to believe how good he is. You have to encourage him to try [things] he’s capable of doing. He’s a joy to work with. It’s still very early in his career but we’re really happy to have him in the team.”
Smith Rowe’s performances certainly haven’t shown any lack of belief so far.
Since breaking into Arsenal’s team at the start of the year, he has never really looked back.
The youngster is now one of the Gunners’ most integral attacking players, which his performances earning great praise.
Smith Rowe and Arsenal are set to be in action next on Monday evening, when they take on Crystal Palace.