Mikel Arteta has raised concerns over Emile Smith Rowe's history with injuries and absences

Mikel Arteta admits ‘frustrating’ concerns over Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness record at Arsenal

‘We need him at his best because he’s such an important player for us’: Mikel Arteta admits ‘frustrating’ concerns over Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness record at Arsenal as midfielder continues to be plagued with injuries in the preparation for the World Cup

Mikel Arteta admits he is concerned about Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness issues.

The 22-year-old, who has been plagued by injuries and illnesses over the past few months, is sidelined with groin pain. There have been suggestions for surgery.

With time running out before the World Cup, Arteta said: “It’s very frustrating. He’s a kid who loves to play. It’s the greatest thing in his life. And when he’s not able to do that, especially after the series of games and the performances he had with us the year before, it’s just difficult.

Mikel Arteta has raised concerns over Emile Smith Rowe’s history with injuries and absences

“When he tried to train he didn’t feel 100 per cent fit or pain free. This is the main concern and we have to find a solution to it.

“It’s an ongoing problem. He’s had groin pain and hasn’t had continuity this season.

We try to help him. We need him at his best because he is such an important player for us.

Mikel Arteta says Ben White is fit to play at Brentford, despite being left out of the England squad

Mikel Arteta says Ben White is fit to play at Brentford, despite being left out of the England squad

Ben White was also left out of Gareth Southgate’s last squad before the World Cup. Arteta insisted White was snubbed for Nations League games with Italy and Germany purely for selection reasons.

“He’s in good shape,” Arteta said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Brentford.

“I think Ben gives a lot of reasons to be selected.”

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