After experiencing an injury-ridden season, Emile Smith Rowe is determined to assist Arsenal in ending their lengthy drought for a Premier League championship.
While the Gunners have surged to the summit of the Premier League standings with an eight-point advantage over their nearest rivals, Manchester City, who have a game in hand, Smith Rowe has been mostly out of action due to a groin injury leading up to this international break.
As the season nears its end, Arsenal appears to be the front-runners in ending their lengthy Premier League title drought, which dates back to their 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’ squad, with only 10 matches remaining to be played.
Smith Rowe has had a season full of injuries and has not been able to help Arsenal so far.
After making four substitute appearances, Smith Rowe made his first start for club or country since June with the England Under-21s against France last Saturday, where he scored.
As Arsenal prepares to resume their pursuit of the title against Leeds United at home on Saturday and with a tight schedule ahead of them, Smith Rowe is optimistic that he can still make a significant impact before the conclusion of this season.
“I’m really desperate to be honest,” the Arsenal no 10 said. “The team are doing really well and it’s obviously something I want to be a part of.
“I’m working hard every day. Coming away with England is minutes that I really need. I’ve been struggling with this injury since I was 18 or 19, just before I went on loan to RB Leipzig.
“I was quite low at the beginning. I’ve never had surgery before. It’s been tough, but I’m glad it’s all sorted now. I don’t feel any pain. I just need to kick on.” Smith Rowe concluded.