Mikel Arteta has dropped a hint as to why Huddersfield may be successful in their pursuit of Emile Smith-Rowe.
The Arsenal starlet looks set to complete a loan switch to the Terriers as he looks to secure more regular first team football between now and the end of the season.
The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the most talented players in an Arsenal academy that has produced the likes of Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah.
Unfortunately for Smith Rowe, he has endured a number of injury problems which has stopped him truly breaking into the first team fold at the Emirates Stadium, meaning a loan switch to Huddersfield could be just the ticket.
But discussing the possibility of a loan exit for Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah, Arteta says that it’s crucial his players go to a club where they’ll feel valued.
Speaking to the press, as quoted by Football London, Arteta said: “I always suggest when you go on loan, you speak to the manager and make sure he really wants you.
“He has to tell you exactly what he’s expecting from you. If he convinces you that it’s the right move for you, you have to go and prove yourself.
“So I’m not too concerned whether it’s Premier League or Championship, it’s more the overall fit and the communication between the clubs that is clear what we are trying for that player to develop.
“We want the player to be comfortable and that he can see the path is the right one.”
“What a signing this would be for Huddersfield.
“If you ask Arsenal supporters, Emile Smith-Rowe is arguably the most talented of the current crop of youngsters that includes the likes of Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah.
“Unfortunately injuries have stopped him forcing his way into Mikel Arteta’s first team plans on a regular basis, meaning a loan switch could be ideal.
“This lad is a proper talent and Huddersfield fans could be licking their lips if this deal can get done.”