Mikel Arteta insists Emile Smith Rowe is settled at Arsenal amid reported curiosity from West Ham.
Smith Rowe has endured a irritating time since he hit 10 objectives within the 2021-22 marketing campaign, with groin surgical procedure proscribing his position within the membership’s unsuccessful title problem final season.
England worldwide Smith Rowe has additionally struggled with a knee difficulty this time period, however even when he has been match the 23-year-old has been diminished to cameo appearances with just one Premier League begin amongst 12 outings in all competitions.
West Ham have reportedly made an strategy to signal Smith Rowe on mortgage however Arteta performed down discuss the academy graduate may depart this month forward of Saturday’s go to of Crystal Palace.
Arteta stated: “I’m really happy with Emile. He’s in the right trajectory.
“Now, he’s settled, he’s training really well and you know I’m not going to talk about individual situations.
“Emile is Emile. We know he’s got incredible qualities and we’re really happy to have him.
“What he needs now is chances to put all the desire and quality that he has on the pitch. In order to do that we have to give him minutes.”
Chances have been few and much between for Smith Rowe in current weeks regardless of Arsenal struggling to match their consistency from the opening months of the season.
An FA Cup defeat to Liverpool on January 7 made it three losses in a row and one victory from their final seven matches, however the gamers have returned from a warm-weather coaching camp in Dubai “fully recharged” in response to their supervisor.
“We are recharged, full of energy and super motivated so we want to attack the second half of the season with a lot of ambition and the understanding that the team is capable of big things. They are convinced of that,” Arteta added.
“It was a phenomenal camp. We recharged our batteries and the context of the environment, in the beautiful weather, helps. The togetherness and moments we shared together were great, so yeah we’re fully recharged.”
Goals have been a difficulty for Arsenal throughout this poor seven-match run with solely 5 objectives scored in that interval, however Arteta reiterated they might not transfer for a striker within the January switch window.
“No, because I love the players that we have,” he insisted.
Arteta was additionally coy over Arsenal’s record of absentees, with Oleksandr Zinchenko (foot) and Gabriel Jesus (knee) notable absentees for the defeat to Liverpool earlier than Arsenal’s mid-season break.
“Individually, I am not going to tell you exactly how everyone is,” Arteta defined. “We are touch and go with a few. You will see.”
The Arsenal boss was extra forthcoming concerning the progress of Jurrien Timber, who sustained anterior cruciate ligament harm in August however joined the squad for the coaching camp.
Arteta revealed: “At the moment he’s still very far from competing. That’s the realistic picture of it.
“Are we hopeful that he could have a realistic impact before the end of the season? If everything goes well, it looks like that might happen. At the moment though it’s too early to make that call.”