‘Distressed’ Emile Smith Rowe appears to pull up injured in Arsenal warm-down
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Emile Smith Rowe looked distraught as he trudged off the pitch during a warm-down at Old Trafford.
It adds further woes to Arsenal's day after already losing their first match of the Premier League season. The Gunners lost 3-1 to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, though they remain top of the table.
However, Mikel Arteta will not be happy with the way his side were defeated after conceding two sloppy goals after Bukayo Saka's equaliser cancelled out debutant Antony's first-half strike.
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The Spaniard threw Smith Rowe on in an attempt to get Arsenal back in the game at a time when they were 2-1 down. However, just seconds later, and Marcus Rashford had put the game to bed with his second strike of the match.
And after the game during the warm-down, Smith Rowe pulled up and had to be walked off the pitch by Arsenal assistant coach Carlos Cuesta, reports The Athletic. Furthermore, the playmaker looked distressed as he limped off the Old Trafford turf on his way to the dressing room.
While it is yet to be confirmed whether Smith Rowe suffered an injury, there are worries that it could be a repeat of the groin problem he sustained over pre-season.
Losing the Englishman would be a huge blow to Arteta, who counted on his goals last season. In 37 appearances, Smith Rowe scored 11 times and assisted two, establishing himself as a key player for the club.
This year has already proved difficult for the midfielder, who has had to take a back seat with Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka on either flank. Martin Odegaard has made the No. 10 role his own, as well as being handed the captaincy, while Gabriel Jesus leads the line.
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