Hutton continued: “Getting an injury at this point in time is not ideal, especially if you’re not a main player within that team. So, it’s really about him recovering from this and getting back to where he was. We know he’s a great player, but you have to show the manager that you can do it on a consistent basis.“
And things could have gone from bad to worse over the summer for Smith Rowe given that Arteta was desperate to sign another winger to add depth to his squad, with Wolves star Pedro Neto targeted.
If the manager gets his wish in the January transfer window, then the 22-year-old will need to truly make an impact off of the bench to stake his claim as to why he is an important member of the team, as he was last season when he made 33 league appearances and scored 10.