Arsenal boss Arteta provides Smith Rowe update following Leicester victory

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Brighton, England.The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has provided the latest on the wellbeing of youngster Emile Smith Rowe, following his early exit from proceedings versus Leicester City.

Luiz and Pepe on target

The Gunners made the trip to the King Power Stadium a short time ago, for their latest Premier League outing.

Arsenal of course headed into proceedings with their tails up, on the back of a potentially season-defining result in midweek.

After falling a goal down to Portuguese giants Benfica, the capital giants fought back, securing a 3-2 win, and booking their spot in the Last-16 of the Europa League in the process.

And, when all was said and done this afternoon, the upturn in form being enjoyed by Arteta and co. only continued.

As they did on Thursday night, the north Londoners fell behind at the King Power, when Youri Tielemans found the net with just six minutes on the clock.

Arsenal, though, soon came roaring back, as David Luiz’s header was followed by an Alexandre Lacazette spot-kick on the stroke of the interval to turn the clash on its head:

And the visitors went on to put themselves out of sight early in the 2nd-half, as Nicolas Pepe capped off a fine individual display with his 8th of the campaign:

‘Hopefully…’

Arsenal have now moved back into the top-half of the Premier League table, with things certainly looking up at the Emirates as we enter the final months of the season.

As outlined above, however, on an otherwise positive day for all associated with the club, the Gunners were also dealt a concerning blow versus Leicester.

This came late in the first-half, when Emile Smith Rowe pulled up with a fitness problem, before being forced to limp off.

In turn, concern had since spread amongst the Arsenal fanbase, with their midfield diamond having of course played a crucial role over the last couple of months.

Mikel Arteta, however, speaking post-match, revealed his hope that Smith Rowe’s injury will not prove ‘too bad’, as well as confirming that the issue proved a muscular one:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 26 36 62
2 Manchester United FC 25 21 49
3 Leicester City FC 26 15 49
4 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 14 39
9 Aston Villa FC 24 12 39
10 Arsenal FC 26 7 37
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 26 -6 34
13 Crystal Palace FC 26 -14 33
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 26 -16 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United FC 26 -17 26
18 Fulham FC 26 -11 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 26 -35 17
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7

Source: 101greatgoals.com