It’s a matter of time - Arteta on Rowe’s omission from England squad

Fri 05 November 2021 | 11:51

The Gunners boss believes the academy graduate should be happy to see his omission from the England squad has raised a lot of questions and he will be called-up at the “right moment”.

Smith Rowe

was suggested to be in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino this month. However, the 21-year-old and his


teammate Ben White, were not selected by Gareth Southgate notwithstanding meeting the back of the net four times and contributing two assists for the Gunners.

When quizzed if Rowe should be angry about not being selected, Mikel Arteta said:

"I think he should be happy if people are gutted or people are questioning any decision because that tells you the level that he is playing at.

"Like anything that has happened in Emile's career it will come when it is the right moment because we don't know if now is the right moment.

"Gareth knows much better than us to judge about the role that he could have in that team and he has decided that it is not the right moment. I am sure that it was a very thoughtful process and the right decision."

After the Euro 2020, White, who helped his side enjoy a run of five clean sheets since joining in the summer, was not included in the England squad either.


Gareth has to make some very difficult choices, he has got so many options,"

added Arteta, who saw Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka named in Southgate's squad.

"What I like is that our players are performing at a level that I am sure that they are giving problems in selection to Gareth and the coaching staff.

"That is what pleases me because I know that they have the level to do it."

Arsenal did not get off on the right foot at the beginning of the season with three losses in a row, but they are now enjoying a run of nine unbeaten games across all competitions following their 5-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City in August.

A victory against Watford on the weekend, which will be Arteta’s 100th game at the helm in Arsenal, could level their points with the top clubs on the table.

Despite his first two years in charge, Arteta is now having some consistency in his squad. When quizzed to talk about his tenure at Arsenal, he said:

"An incredible and quick journey.

"A lot has happened not only at the football club but around the world that obviously has a huge impact in everything we did in the last two years.

"Top privilege to be where I am. I am really enjoying the opportunity and the challenge that we have ahead."

source: SportMob

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