Emile Smith-Rowe has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season.
The teenager has burst onto the scene this season under new boss Unai Emery, and had been forcing his way into our first team plans before suffering injury that required a couple of months layoff.
Now fitness has returned to the youngster and Arsenal, Emery and Smith-Rowe had a choice - stay and grab sporadic minutes in the team - or see if his burgeoning talent can make it at the top level consistently.
Three goals this season in his starts in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup tell of an 18 year old with a big story yet to tell, and RB Leipzig seem to be the perfect platform for this stage in his career.
Fellow Gunner Reiss Nelson has prospered in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim this season, and RB Leipzig will give him the starts his career needs right now.
Leipzig currently sit in 4th spot in the Bundesliga so far this season, and while they may have plenty of midfielders, Smith-Rowe’s favoured position in the attacking third is not exactly well stocked.
While there not be much competition and therefore guaranteed more starts, Smith-Rowe will be training and playing with some genuine class. Namesake Emil Forsberg is wanted territory and is a fine playmaker for both Leipzig and Sweden, and Smith-Rowe can learn from Forsberg while in Germany.
This loan move was one of two declared by Arsenal on Deadline Day - the other was the loan move for Denis Suarez from Barcelona finally confirmed. There was thought to be one more going in and out - a possible deal for Christopher Nkunku from PSG didn’t get past the discussion stage, while Eddie Nketiah was close to moving to FC Augsberg of the Bundesliga, but this too never got off the ground. This may be a positive for Arsenal, with Welbeck out for the foreseeable.
Smith-Rowe is all set to impress and best believe that there will be a massive boost in fan numbers for RB Leipzig as us Gooners keep a close eye on our promising youngster!
Good luck Emile! Come back stronger!