Smith Rowe recently discussed his position and seems in-tune with Arteta’s plans to use him as a No.10 with different instructions in different games.
“I see myself as a No.10, on the inside,” Smith Rowe told the Mail. “But at the same time, because of the way we play at Arsenal, if I am on the wing then the manager is telling me to drift inside and be natural like a No 10 anyway.
“I’m happy to play anywhere, you know? I’m an Arsenal fan. I’ll play wherever I’m needed and it’s good to be versatile.
“It’s a habit for me to come inside if I’m on the left wing. That’s also good for KT [Tierney] because he can then get high and wide.”
Instead of coming in off the left wing, Smith Rowe regularly found himself getting in behind down the right against Fulham.
Having made five changes and with some key players sidelined, it was another example of Arteta being creative in order to try and get the best out of his squad.
Eventually, the pressure they piled on paid off with Nketiah’s late equaliser for a more than deserved point.