Mikel Arteta reveals fresh injury setback for Emile Smith Rowe… with the midfielder set to miss West Ham clash after suffering ankle injury in training

  • Mikel Arteta has revealed that Emile Smith Rowe has suffered an ankle injury in training
  • Midfielder has been hampered by injuries, making only two starts this season
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Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe picked up an ankle injury in training this week, Mikel Arteta has revealed.

Smith Rowe has been hampered by injuries in recent seasons and has started just two games for the Gunners this term.

The England international did not make the squad for the trip to West Ham on Sunday after suffering a setback.

Speaking ahead of the game, Arteta told Sky Sports: “Emile twisted his ankle in training so he’s not fit to play.”

The Arsenal boss did not reveal the severity of the injury to Smith Rowe, who returned from a knee injury in December.

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe suffered an ankle injury during training this week

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe suffered an ankle injury during training this week

Mikel Arteta did not reveal the severity of the injury to Smith Rowe ahead of West Ham clash

Mikel Arteta did not reveal the severity of the injury to Smith Rowe ahead of West Ham clash

The latest setback will be a huge blow for the 23-year-old as he recently earned a start in last month’s win over Nottingham Forest after training well.

Smith Rowe had interest from the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham last month, but Arsenal opted to take knock-out approaches.

Meanwhile, Jorginho also missed the trip to West Ham, with Arteta revealing the Italian is still recovering from a knock.

“Jorgi didn’t train almost all week because he has a problem and it took him a while to recover on top of that,” Arteta said.

A win over the Hammers would see Arsenal close the gap on league leaders Liverpool to two points.

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