Arsenal fans are praying for a speedy recovery for the starlet Emile Smith Rowe after the youngster got injured while going for a header against Nottingham Forest.
During the Carabao Cup third-round clash between the two sides, Smith Rowe went up for a header but felt the full brunt of a challenge that sent him sprawling to the floor.
A stretcher came onto the pitch straight away and Smith Rowe was carried off to raucous applause from the Emirates crowd.
Arsenal beat Forest 5-0 thanks to a brace from goals from Gabriel Martinelli and a single goal each from Reiss Nelson, Rob Holding, and Joe Willock.
Smith Rowe had spent almost a decade in Arsenal’s academy before he made his first-team debut last year in the Europa League. The teenager was one of several youngsters included in Arsenal’s squad against Forest, with Saka, Folarin Balogun, Tolaji Bola, and Robbie Burton also featuring.
Ahead of the match, club legend Ray Parlour urged Emery to take the competition seriously and said his former club should be aiming to lift the trophy. ‘I think he mixed the team with experience and youngsters,’ Parlour said of Arsenal’s run to the quarter-finals in last season’s Carabao Cup.
Parlour continued saying, ‘It is good to give the youngsters game time and we have some very good youngsters at Arsenal such as Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe.
But you can also understand how significant the competition is to teams like Manchester City and it is another trophy to talk about at the end of the season.
It is a magnificent achievement to win any competition and for Arsenal and Unai Emery, and the rest of the top six, they should be taking it seriously. There are a lot of games and you get injuries through the season, so it is all about adjusting the squad.’