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How Mikel Arteta Is Nurturing Emile Smith-Rowe The Same Way Arsene Wenger Nurtured Thierry Henry

Arsenal's greater ever manager Arsene Wenger was known for a variety of things. His intricate playing style, his calmness, love for his players, loyalty and above all, his uncanny ability to improve players individually and as a team.

The Frenchman was in charge of the Gunners for 22 years having arrived at the club in 1996 before stepping down in 2018. Arsene Wenger improved a lot of players like Patrick Vieira, Santi Cazorla, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann, Kanu Nwankwo, Freddie Ljunberg during his reign but his greatest work lies in Thierry Henry.

Thierry Henry arrived from Juventus as an inconsistent winger with a lot of ability but never really making the impact his talents suggested. Arsene Wenger then nurtured his career by changing his position into a centre forward and this transformed Thierry Henry.

Thierry Henry went on to become Arsenal's highest goalscorer in history with 228 goals and became one of the best players to have played in the Premier League. Arsenal constructed a statue outside the Emirates Stadium to honour the achievements and memory of Thierry Henry popularly known as "The King" in North London.

Arsenal's current manager Mikel Arteta is also nurturing Emile Smith Rowe the exact same way Arsene Wenger nurtured Thierry Henry. Emile Smith Rowe is primarily an attacking midfielder but since last season, Mikel Arteta changed his position to the flanks where the English midfielder has performed excellently.

Mikel Arteta then signed Martin Odegaard to take up the attacking midfield position to free up Emile Smith Rowe on the flank with both players interchanging and being fluid. Emile Smith Rowe's biggest strength is his movement and ability to change the dynamism of a game at quick pace.

This was evident in Arsenal's win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Emile Smith Rowe played on the flank but scored his goal at the centre of the 18-yard box. Mikel Arteta is nurturing Emile Smith Rowe the same way Arsene Wenger nurtured Thierry Henry and it is working very well.

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