Emile Smith Rowe’s form may end up altering Mikel Arteta’s transfer plans as he continues to impress according to Nigel Winterburn.
The young playmaker is one of several players to come into the team in recent weeks which has resulted in a return to form for the Gunners.
Arsenal have struggled for creativity which hampered their early season results.
Arteta saw his side pick up 14 points from their first 14 games – they’ve recently posted four wins in five.
Real Madrid outcast Martin Ødegaard has been linked with a switch to the Emirates, but Winterburn reckons Smith Rowe’s development may caution Arteta against bringing in new faces.
The former Gunner told Bookmakers.co.uk: “I would suggest that it’s an area Arsenal are looking at in the transfer market, whether it be now or for next season.
“Mikel Arteta might want to wait until he gets a few more faces out of the club before addressing it, but Emile Smith Rowe might be making him think that maybe he can hold off until the summer because this young man is progressing.
“If he is to continue to make strides then yes, in the short-term at least, let him fill the role and see where he is at the end of the season and Arteta can reassess his squad.”
Smith Rowe has only come into the team over the past month or so having had several loan spells away.
But he can follow in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka whose consistency has made him a regular starter.
Winterburn has challenged the 20-year-old to do likewise and ensure Arteta has no choice but to continue investing in him.
“His performances are getting stronger and stronger,” he added.
“He’s a player who offers something slightly different to what Arsenal already have in the team at the moment.
“So I’m just hoping that his confidence is going to keep building and building.
“Obviously, he’s going to have little dips on the way but if he can keep that level of performance going then eventually that will essentially say to the manager ‘leave me out if you dare’.
“And that’s exactly what he’s done. He has to be selected at the moment, he cannot be left out.
“All you can do as a player is put the performances in and give the manager no choice. That’s what Saka has done and that’s what Rowe is now doing.”