Emile Smith Rowe: England's Luis Figo

Maybe

You're wrong, no?
He'll bounce back, btw. Just don't see him as a 10 like Ødegaard.

Needs to be on the wing, imo.
Needs to be on the bench IMO and think about his game for a bit. Other than goals, he's been poor for a while but goals masked a lot of the issues in his game.

He was actually a better player 2 years ago than he is now
 

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Needs to be on the bench IMO and think about his game for a bit. Other than goals, he's been poor for a while but goals masked a lot of the issues in his game.

He was actually a better player 2 years ago than he is now

Nah, his finishing has come on leaps and bounds. He's having a dip, normal for a player.
 

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Nah, his finishing has come on leaps and bounds. He's having a dip, normal for a player.
I hope you are right about it, but I have a feeling he will give us another dose of Ramsey where we will have a useless player who will sometimes score a goal. That's not how i saw him 2 years ago
 

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Needs to be on the bench IMO and think about his game for a bit. Other than goals, he's been poor for a while but goals masked a lot of the issues in his game.

He was actually a better player 2 years ago than he is now
Use me as a dislike button
 

Geofranco

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Needs to be on the bench IMO and think about his game for a bit. Other than goals, he's been poor for a while but goals masked a lot of the issues in his game.

He was actually a better player 2 years ago than he is now
Really becoming Ramsey Regen
 

akhil

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Go back to being pass and move with max a 2-3 touches. Every time he dribbles, it's head down with no awareness about whats around him.
 

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I hope you are right about it, but I have a feeling he will give us another dose of Ramsey where we will have a useless player who will sometimes score a goal. That's not how i saw him 2 years ago
He is not as the other 3 in their position. Ødegaard is better in the middle and the other two are better out wide.
 

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Never liked him as a 10 because I don’t think he tries to get on the ball enough or sees the whole pitch like Ødegaard would. I think he’s better on the left but Martinelli is killing it at the minute so he can’t really play there either. Not sure what they do with him going forward.
 

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Dreadful first game back, hopefully just needs to build match fitness because this showed way Ode is ahead of him.
 

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He is not as the other 3 in their position. Ødegaard is better in the middle and the other two are better out wide.
Totally agree, I struggle to find any position for him atm. My point was, from a youth player who was excellent when driving with the ball through mid and a technically solid midfielder, he transitioned himself into Ramsey.

Saka, for example, was more or less technically the same but he is now so far ahead of ESR on the ball.

I don't like to be negative on ESR as he is one of my favorite youth players, but I want to be realistic with how things look, I just wonder if it's something to do with coaching or ESR just wants to play this way
 

GoonerJay24

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Needs to be on the bench IMO and think about his game for a bit. Other than goals, he's been poor for a while but goals masked a lot of the issues in his game.

He was actually a better player 2 years ago than he is now

I'm not so sure about that. He certainly been lacking something of late; his ability to combine and speed up the play hasn't materialised like last season.

It seems he been working alot on his goalscoring and runs whilst neglecting what saw him breakthrough initially.

Definitely needs to work on his passing. If Wenger was his coach he'd be a much better player I feel.
 

GoonerJay24

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Go back to being pass and move with max a 2-3 touches. Every time he dribbles, it's head down with no awareness about whats around him.
I'm noticing this too. Arteta and coaches should be continually addressing these technical elements.
 

Liam_Og

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Been saying it for a while, going forward its going to be hard to accommodate Gabi and ESR in the same side.

Either Gabi eventually evolves into a CF, which looks less and less likely with every game he plays, or ESR develops into a B2B, which looks unlikely.
 

Rattata

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I hope you are right about it, but I have a feeling he will give us another dose of Ramsey where we will have a useless player who will sometimes score a goal. That's not how i saw him 2 years ago
2 years ago? Something is wrong with your sense of time :D. At the start of the season against Brentford and Chelsea he was at his best. His overall game has been meh since the United game. I think that was right after he got called up to the national team.
 

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He goes missing in games quite too often for my liking. He’s great at driving with the ball but he adds little else apart from making runs into the box. The goals have been masking his inability to affect the games during build up or possession.

That being said I think it’s just a blip and he will find his form again. He’s definitely better out wide or as an advanced midfielder. Hopefully he gets back to basics because Arteta won’t be changing his system to suit ESR.
 

Jakarta

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For me this guys always seems like he's physically shot and sluggish.

Whats wrong with his conditioning?
 

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Jesus, it’s crazy how quickly this place can turn on a player.

In what was poor display, ESR had a few moments which encapsulated his quality. He’s one of the best dribblers in the league, he has an eye for goal and fantastic movement off the ball.

I’ve always said his skill set is more suited to a wide player. He travels quickly with the ball and he can make and score goals. His passing does need to improve but I do like the way he can speed up our attacks with one twos.

He’s having a fantastic season and this is just the start.
 

Barry

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Jesus, it’s crazy how quickly this place can turn on a player.

In what was poor display, ESR had a few moments which encapsulated his quality. He’s one of the best dribblers in the league, he has an eye for goal and fantastic movement off the ball.

I’ve always said his skill set is more suited to a wide player. He travels quickly with the ball and he can make and score goals. His passing does need to improve but I do like the way he can speed up our attacks with one twos.

He’s having a fantastic season and this is just the start.
I actually can't believe you lot have turned on ESR after a couple of good games. Totally agree with TGG here, this guy has been one of the bright spots of the last two seasons. Some of the hot takes here are ridiculous
 

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