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Mikel Arteta is reportedly keen to keep Emile Smith Rowe at the club for the first half of the season amid loan interest. The attacking midfielder is rated very highly by the Arsenal board, who wants to spend time working on his development.

The 20-year-old spent time on loan at Huddersfield last season and the Yorkshire club are interested in bringing him back for another season.

In 2019, Smith Rowe also spent time away from Arsenal on loan at RB Leipzig, where he struggled for minutes.

Yet despite his low profile in north London, Smith Rowe has already made a big impression with Arteta.

With Arsenal in the Europa League again this season, the 20-year-old could be in line for more opportunities.

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“He’s a player with very specific qualities to play in those pockets in that position as an attacking midfielder,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“I am excited to work with him. I have been talking with him and I have followed him during his spell on loan. I think he’s someone who can be pretty impressive.

“I’m pleased by what I’ve seen from him. He needed that exposure and he looks more mature now.

“I think he will be in a much better place when he comes back in pre-season.”

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