Emile Smith Rowe: Arsenal top 4 collapse tough to take

Emile Smith Rowe admits Arsenal’s top four collapse last season was tough to take.

Arsenal had been on course to finish in the Premier League’s top four with three games to go, but back-to-back defeats by Tottenham and Newcastle ended that dream.

Smith Rowe recalled to the London Evening Standard: “It’s definitely tough looking back on it, it was in our hands.

“The Spurs game… it was tough. It wasn’t a nice atmosphere [in the dressing room]. All the boys were down.

“The manager picked us up and we had another chance after that, but it didn’t go our way in the end. Going forward, we have just got to stick together as a team. We are a young team, we are still getting there. It’s fuel for us going forward and we can’t wait to start the season.”

He added: “It will be a good season, a tough season. The big clubs are buying players and every season is hard, but we are confident. It’s been a long time since we’ve been in the Champions League. We need to get back in it, not just for us but for the fans as well.”