By Gabriel Agbonlahor

18th Sep, 2022 | 11:30am

Agbonlahor: Emile Smith Rowe may be out until next year after Arsenal insider reveal

Arsenal can cope without Emile Smith Rowe until after the World Cup, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker admitted it is “unfortunate” for Smith Rowe but Arsenal have enough cover.

The 22-year-old was spotted by Athletic journalist David Ornstein pulling up with an injury in the cool-down after the Gunners’ 3-1 loss to Man United earlier this month (4 September).

As quoted by club media last week (7 September), Mikel Arteta confirmed the attacking midfielder has been dealing with discomfort for a few weeks.

Medical insider Ben Dinnery told Football Insider earlier this week (11 September) that Smith Rowe may have to undergo surgery as a result of the injury.

“I think it’s unfortunate,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“It just shows why you need a big squad.

“What’s going to help now is that some teams are not playing again until the beginning of October in the Premier League.

“This international break is going to help a lot of teams. You look at Liverpool, Liverpool don’t play in the league until 1 October. They can get Thiago back fresh and match fit. Maybe other players can get back.

“For Smith Rowe, it’s not good but there are not a lot of games between now and the World Cup.

“I feel that Arsenal have got enough cover to last them until after the World Cup.”

Arsenal have eight Premier League games before the break for the World Cup in November.

Their league campaign restarts on 12 December when they travel to Wolves.

In other news, Dendoncker has opened the door for Arsenal to seal a January signing after a source’s reveal.