Smith Rowe of Arsenal was overcome with emotion after speaking to the media about his attempted trade to Chelsea.
Smith, Emile Rowe is determined to battle for his spot at Arsenal after a failed Chelsea deal.
Smith, Emile Rowe claims he has adjusted his mindset in order to compete for a starting spot at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.
The 23-year-old did not play a single game for Arsenal last season and had a rough campaign after groin surgery a year ago.
Smith Rowe was the subject of a late summer transfer window enquiry from Chelsea, but Arsenal rejected the move from their Premier League rivals.
The midfielder made his first start in 499 days on Wednesday evening as Arsenal defeated Brentford 1-0 in the Carabao Cup, and he credits Arteta for helping him regain his mental strength after his lengthy layoff.
We realize there is a lot of competition at a big club like Arsenal,’ Smith Rowe said.
It will always be difficult to secure your spot on the team, and it will always be difficult to establish your own. I just have to keep believing in myself.
Coming back and not nearly making the team, I’ve got to keep my head strong and try to stay as positive as possible.
‘I believe the gaffer has been quite helpful in this regard. He was assisting me through my injury and frequently pulled me aside for discussions on how I may be mentally stronger, things like that.’
Smith Rowe is also sure that he will be able to cope with the rigors of Arsenal’s hectic fixture schedule as the season progresses.
‘I’ve adjusted a little bit of my mindset simply to go for it,’ Smith Rowe added.
‘I don’t really have much to lose. I’ve attempted to modify that within myself. I used to have a lot of reservations. I used to doubt myself from time to time. But now I am really powerful. I’m feeling incredibly fit right now, and I’m taking advantage of it.
‘The gaffer has been quite helpful in this regard. He was assisting me with my injury and frequently pulled me aside for discussions on how I could be mentally stronger. When I couldn’t help the boys on the field, I tried to be as supportive as possible. It was extremely difficult, but I am now stronger.’