Arsenal boss Arteta explains reasons for holding back Smith Rowe

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has explained holding back Emile Smith Rowe in recent weeks.

Smith Rowe has been in fine form, scoring nine goals for us so far – but hasn’t started a match since December 21.

“The reason why that happened is because he wasn’t fit,” Arteta said. “There was nothing else.

“His performances, when he’s been fit, have been extraordinary, the way he’s evolving, with the importance that he has in the team, I think it’s without a doubt really, really positive, but he’s had an issue that he’s been carrying and obviously that’s been affecting his ability to train, his ability to compete, the amount of minutes that we can give him.

“We are trying to get that situation resolved as quickly as possible, because we need the best version of Emile for us to be successful.”

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