Mikel Arteta sends message to Aston Villa target Emile Smith Rowe after friendly defeat to Hibernian

Emile Smith Rowe scored in Arsenal’s pleasant defeat (Photograph by Steve Welsh/Getty Photographs)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Emile Smith Rowe must get ‘higher at’ scoring targets and placing himself in scoring positions.

The 20-year-old scored within the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Hibernian on Tuesday evening, in what was the facet’s first match of their pre-season.

Smith Rowe has been closely linked with a transfer to Aston Villa, with Arsenal rejecting two bids of £25m and £30m from the Midlands membership for the midfielder.

Arsenal are eager to maintain the playmaker however Arteta says he should enhance his goalscoring sooner or later.

Smith Rowe is a goal for Aston Villa (Photograph by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC through Getty Photographs)

‘He is aware of that it is part of the sport he must get higher at,’ mentioned Arteta.

‘We’re engaged on it loads and you might see the positions that he took at the moment. He created two or three huge probabilities.’

Arsenal had been understandably rusty in Edinburgh as they put in a below-par show to kick off their pre-season marketing campaign.

Arteta admits he was dissatisfied to lose however insists that is the aim of friendlies and a pre-season.

‘Properly I’m all the time dissatisfied after we lose a soccer match however it’s the first recreation, we performed with many children and we solely had 4 coaching periods,’ mentioned Arteta.

‘We’ve skilled actually laborious and you might see that the gamers had been slightly bit leggy. I feel we conceded the primary objective, an accident, and the second objective was clearly offside. We created many, many probabilities however we didn’t rating.

‘That’s what pre-season is for, to take the issues that we haven’t executed properly right into a coaching session after which enhance.’


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Mikel Arteta tells Aston Villa target Emile Smith Rowe to add goals to his game after Arsenal’s defeat to Hibernian

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