Smith Rowe names his preferred position and Arteta’s “amazing” tactical details

Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has hailed the tactics of manager Mikel Arteta, while also revealing his preferred position.

Young playmaker Smith Rowe became an important part of Arteta’s side over the festive period as he helped to turn around their season.

The 20-year-old has lost his place as the Gunners’ No. 10 following the arrival of Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid, being pushed out to the left or coming on off the bench primarily.

But Smith Rowe has still heaped praise on Arteta’s tactical approach and attention to detail.

“The manager’s tactics are amazing, too,” he told the Mail. “It’s the little details.

Emile Smith Rowe has become an important player for Arsenal this season

“He’ll tell us how certain moments will go down, how the opposition will react to certain movements we make, and it’ll happen, exactly as he said it.

“When you see little things like that work, it makes you realise how experienced he is, and how much of a top manager he really is.”

Having lost his place in the middle on the three-pronged attacking midfield, Smith Rowe also admitted that the role was his preferred position.

Smith Rowe believes manager Mikel Arteta has got his tactics spot on

However, the England U21 international also insisted that playing on the left helped good friend Kieran Tierney to shine, which he was happy to see.

“I see myself as a No 10, on the inside,” he added. “But at the same time, because of the way we play at Arsenal, if I am on the wing then the manager is telling me to drift inside and be natural like a No 10 anyway.

“I’m happy to play anywhere, you know? I’m an Arsenal fan. I’ll play wherever I’m needed and it’s good to be versatile.

“It’s a habit for me to come inside if I’m on the left wing.

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“That’s also good for KT (Tierney) because he can then get high and wide.

“We tried to get the ball down there as much as we could against Tottenham.

“Me and KT have such a good bond. We worked on it in training and were both buzzing after the game.

“KT is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet but at the same time, he’s such a warrior. He’s a player who’s got everyone’s back and always wants to win.”

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