Emile Smith Rowe braced for first appearance of the season as Arsenal face Molde

Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe could be involved for the Gunners tonight when they host Molde at the Emirates in the Europa League.

Smith Rowe is one of Arsenal's brightest prospects from their Hale End academy and there is great hope he can have a long future at the club.

After playing a key role in keeping Huddersfield in the Championship last season while on loan, Smith Rowe had hoped to push for a first-team place this year but a shoulder injury has meant he's missed the opening months of the campaign.

The 20-year-old is now fit and available for selection but manager Mikel Arteta has a near fully fit squad to choose from at the moment.

Arteta has used the Europa League to rest the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hector Bellerin and it could mean a place in the squad for Smith Rowe.

Meanwhile, another Arsenal academy graduate Joe Willock will be hoping for another strong performance after scoring last week against Dundalk.

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Willock is yet to feature in the Premier League this season and the 21-year-old says it is vital he makes the most of every opportunity he has.

"I'm just going to continue working hard. I'm 21 years old and I'm playing for the team I love," he said.

"I've supported this team my whole life, so I'm not trying to look at it too intensely. I'm just trying to work hard and give the question to the boss.

"In every game I play, I need to ask the question, knock on the door with my performances. I don't really like to speak, I like to show it on the pitch.

"I thrive off competition, so when I had the conversation with Arteta, it wasn't something negative for me – it was positive.

"I wanted to learn from the players who were coming in and was training with every day, and compete with. I'm 21 years old and I want to compete with these players.

"I told Mikel that and it was very encouraging for him to support me and say if I play well, I'll get the chance. That's what I want to do right now."

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