Emile Smith Rowe is feeling contemporary, match and able to show his price at Arsenal after a “really tough”, injury-interrupted season.
The academy graduate got here via the ranks in north London and, having established himself as an thrilling performer below Mikel Arteta, was rewarded with a brand new long-term deal two years in the past.
Smith Rowe made his senior England debut later in 2021 however issues went awry final time period.
The 22-year-old underwent groin surgical procedure to rectify a difficulty that has been plaguing him since a mortgage spell at RB Leipzig in 2019, limiting him to 14 membership appearances and no begins.
“I am feeling good, it’s good to be back with the boys, back on the pitch with my team-mates,” the 22-year-old attacking midfielder mentioned.
“My ambition is to get some more minutes this season and really push on.
“Last year was really hard for me, so I just want to kick on now and prove that I can play for this club.
“It was really tough because I had surgery twice, so it was really hard.
“But my family, friends and the club helped me a lot to get through it. I’m just really happy to be pain free right now and get fit.
“This was my first time having surgery, so it was a really hard decision to take but I went for it.
“I’m happy that I don’t feel anything there anymore. I am really happy to be fully fit now.”
Smith Rowe, who got here on in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United in New Jersey, can be buoyed by his beginning position in England’s Under-21 European Championship ultimate win towards Spain.
It was, he says, an “amazing experience” to triumph in Georgia – success that may solely add to his starvation for silverware as Arsenal look to construct on final season’s Premier League runners-up spot.
“I am at a big club at Arsenal,” Smith Rowe mentioned. “If I didn’t have competition, there wouldn’t be no point.
“I have to push myself every day in training, keep working hard.
“It’s tough competition but it’s good at the same time. I need to keep working hard and believing in myself.
“We’re very ambitious, we want to win trophies. We’re back in Champions League, which is good for the club so really ambitious for us and I want to push on now.
“There’s definitely a lot of confidence going into the new season.
“We’re a young team as well, so to get that far last season was really good from us.
“But, of course, we want to win trophies, so we are going to definitely try and be stronger this year and take it a step further.”