How Arsenal could line up with Smith Rowe in No9 as Arteta hint out new position
Emile Smith Rowe, according to MIKEL ARTETA, might be the answer to his team’s striker difficulties.
Arsenal have struggled to score goals this season, but despite the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, they decided not to sign another striker in January.
Alexandre Lacazette has stepped into Aubameyang’s shoes, putting in hard work up front.
However, the Frenchman has only scored three goals in 18 Premier League games this season, which isn’t good enough.
Arsenal supporters had their hopes shattered last month when top target Dusan Vlahovic went to Juventus.
However, Arteta feels that the solution to his side’s issues may be found right here at home.
“He can play as a left winger, a left attacking midfielder, a right attacking midfielder, and he can play as a nine — very, very well,” the Spaniard, 39, said of Smith Rowe.
Smith Rowe is having the finest goal-scoring season of his short career right now.
The 21-year-old England international scored his tenth goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Brentford.
Smith Rowe has been in and out of the starting XI since the turn of the year, despite his excellent goal-scoring form.
Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, and Lacazette will form an attacking four for Arteta.
On Saturday, Smith Rowe returned to the lineup after Martinelli was banned for his inexplicable red card against Wolves.
However, when the Brazilian returns, Smith Rowe might be sent to the front.
In his career, he has only been deployed as a striker twice.
The first occasion came in the second leg of his Europa League semi-final against Villarreal last season, when he failed to score as his team fell 2-1.
Then there was his 19-minute cameo against Manchester City on New Year’s Day, in a match that his team lost 2-1 as well.
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