Ian Wright thinks Emile Smith Rowe has been told by those within Arsenal to shoot more and how he ‘needs’ to score more goals for the club, as he told Premier League Productions.
In the Premier League, Smith Rowe has scored only the one goal so far this season, which came during Arsenal’s North London derby win.
But, other than that, it’s his creative talent, ability to pick up space, link up play, produce that forward pass and carry the ball is what is standing out.
Last season,the Hale-End academy product, in what was his first real breakthrough campaign at his boyhood club, netted twice for his side.
And now Wright, other than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, wants the Englishman to join the Gabon star on the goalscoring ranks on a more regular basis.
“He’s a real positive in these kind of areas,” said Wright. “He can play in that 10 role. He can progress that ball. This is what Arsenal need, to get forward and to get people forward.
“Arsenal are, predominantly for me, a counter-attacking side. When they get into these attacking situations, that’s when Arsenal come alive. He is a main part of that.
“He has to add goals to his game. When you look at his numbers from last season, after 20 games he had 13 shots. He already has nine after 13 games.
“This is where you feel he has been told to get more shots on – he wants to get more goals. Arsenal need to get more goals from other places, apart from Aubameyang and can do that. That’s what he is good at. His awareness and his running with the ball.”
The key thing here is that Smith Rowe is making huge strides forward and his game will continue to go to another level during these coming seasons.
Even from a physical and speed aspect, he will change, like Phil Foden and Jack Grealish have done in recent years and have now started to improve their numbers in the final third.
Grealish has become a lot more physically strong player, as can be seen by his current body shape, whilst Foden has seemingly added a turbo booster to his acceleration and speed.
Smith Rowe himself will only get quicker, stronger and smarter, which will, from Arsenal’s perspective, hopefully take his numbers to a level where England boss Gareth Southgate might start to take notice.