Arsenal returned to Premier League action with a bang on Saturday as they thrashed AFC Bournemouth away to earn another three points, but not everyone was too happy after the match. It came after a busy few weeks for the Gunners, who are still fighting on all competition fronts at this stage of the season.
A draw last weekend to Tottenham in the North London Derby brought about disappointment before a 1-0 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup. Heading into the match at the Vitality Stadium, there were some injury concerns for Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice, William Saliba, Fabio Vieira and Leandro Trossard.
All five played their part in the end, despite the huge churn of fixtures, coming as a blow to those on the fringes that have been looking for opportunities. One of those is Emile Smith Rowe, who has struggled for game time over the past year for a number of reasons.
The first started last season, where he picked up an early injury that kept him out of contention for most of the year, giving Gabriel Martinelli the chance to earn that role on the left-wing. Leandro Trossard was then added to the squad in January, joining from Brighton to bring competition out wide and up front.
It's seen Smith Rowe left out of action for a while, only handed his first start in 499 days when he was in the lineup against Brentford in midweek. With a three-goal lead and ten minutes to go against Bournemouth, the Hale Ender was given another opportunity to stake a claim.
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