Arsenal should use Danny Welbeck’s absence through injury to develop Emile Smith-Rowe

After Danny Welbeck suffered what appeared to be gruesome ankle break, Arsenal may feel compelled to sign a replacement for the Englishman, who was often a starter in cup competitions.

What’s the story?

As a fringe player who finds first team football hard to come by, one would imagine that the Arsenal ace is a manager’s dream, given his impact in the games he does play in and his attitude whilst patiently waiting for a chance.

In that respect, the Spanish boss would not have wanted to lose the former Manchester United forward, especially as the north London side compete in four competitions. However, Arsenal should save their cash in signing a replacement, and instead turn to their youth ranks for a solution.

It wasn’t looking likely that Welbeck was going to be offered a new contract, especially after the injury, but his record of five goals in just six starts this season proves that he was a useful squad player and does need replacing.

Emile Smith-Rowe celebrates first Emirates goal (Arsenal v Blackpool)

Should Unai Emery sign a replacement? 

In short, no. The Gunners have a player worth investing game time into right under their nose in 18-year-old Emile Smith-Rowe. The teenager, similarly to Welbeck, has taken his chance in the few starts he has made this season, scoring three times in four starts.

Although a more central role probably remains his ultimate position, featuring on the wing will give the teenage the game-time he needs to develop without Arsenal suffering defensively from any youthful naivety in midfield.

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Additionally, after the club lost the chance to get a large sum for Aaron Ramsey as a result of the Welshman’s decision to leave the club upon the end of his contract, there is no need for Emery to waste more money on a replacement for a player who was merely a fringe option.

That way, the board get to save a bit of money in the coffers, whilst Arsenal fans and coaches get to see more of one of the most exciting young talents in England. The benefits could be huge for club and country in the long run; Smith-Rowe has all the attributes to become a superstar.

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