Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta Concerned About £40k per Week Player’s Performance

Could there be trouble brewing between Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe and manager Mikel Arteta? That’s the question on everyone’s lips following the Gunners’ latest Premier League outing. Despite the absence of key midfielder Granit Xhaka, Smith Rowe was left on the bench as Arsenal dropped vital points in a 3-3 draw against Southampton.

Journalist Charles Watts recently claimed that “something’s going on” between the Englishman and Arteta. Despite netting 11 goals in all competitions last season and proving himself vital to the team, the 22-year-old has hardly had a chance to prove his worth this term. He’s played only 116 minutes and has an average rating of just 6.22 in the league.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Arteta is looking for alternative midfield options, as the Gunners are currently being linked with Chelsea’s Mason Mount. This doesn’t bode well for Smith Rowe, who may be facing a tough battle to regain his place in the starting lineup. Whatever the reason behind his absence, it’s clear that Arsenal fans are hoping to see more of the talented young Englishman in the future.

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