At the start of Mikel Arteta’s reign, Smith Rowe was brought in and played a crucial role in helping turn Arsenal’s fortunes around in 2020/21.
However, last season saw the 22-year-old notch just 161 minutes of league action across 12 outings.
His minutes continue to be limited this term with one minute vs Tottenham last weekend his only Premier League outing and 21 minutes in the Champions League vs PSV his longest competitive appearance.
Despite his struggles early in the campaign, Smith Rowe is keeping a positive mindset thanks to his change in mentality:
“I have changed my mentality a bit: just to go for it,” he said. “I have not really got anything to lose.
“I have tried to change that inside me. I used to have a lot of doubts. I used to question my confidence at times. But now I am really strong, I am feeling really fit and I am taking that into now.
“I really believe in myself now. I have got all the right people around me helping me — my family, my friends and everyone at the club is always willing to help every day in training and off the pitch. I have just got to keep going, keep believing, and I am sure the chances will come.
“It was a really tough period — having surgery for the first time and then having another setback once I got back on to the pitch. But this is football, you have got to face these challenges, you have ups and downs. I feel like I am a lot stronger and fitter now.”