Arsenal fans are calling on the coach, Mikel Arteta to recall creative midfielder, Matt Smith after another Ozil-esque pass.
The 20-year-old, who is highly-rated has impressed while on loan at League One side Swindon Town. What made Arsenal fans call for his return to the Emirate Stadium was his passing ability was showcased online.
Smith, who is at Swindon Town to gain experience and game time was named on the substitutes bench in the FA Cup last season and played 12 games for the Under-23’s. He has also trained with the first team on multiple occasions.
Matt Smith with another exceptional pass for Swindon last night against Accrington Stanley pic.twitter.com/1GLrFrHTds— Hale End (@HaleEndStuff) November 18, 2020
Harlow-born Smith has progressed through the youth ranks at Arsenal having been at the club from the age of seven. He signed his first professional contract in February 2019.
Matt Smith is seen as the solution Arteta needs to address the lack of creativity at Arsenal
The 20-year-old has been praised across social media for a stunning pre-assist he made during an FA Cup defeat to Darlington.
He proved that it wasn’t a fluke as he repeated the skill with another pin-point assist for Swindon in their 3-0 loss against Accrington on Tuesday night.
Arsenal has been lacking creativity in the middle of the pack since leaving Mesut Ozil out of the team. The only creative force in the squad, Dani Ceballos, whose input has not been enough.
Arsenal fans took to the social media to react to the video with a user wanting Arteta to be started immediately, while another tagged the exiled pass-master Mesut Ozil to ask what he thinks of the pass.
This pass from Arsenal loanee Matt Smith for Swindon Town 👌 pic.twitter.com/TnGoXqaGy0— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) November 10, 2020
“He (Smith) is a pleasure to play with. We get on well on and off the pitch too, and I’m there to help him and all the young boys.
“He plays in my position, so I can help him, but he’s a very good young player who likes to pass forward, get on the ball, and express himself. He’s a joy to play with,” said Swindon midfielder Anthony Grant.
Smith had expressed delight at being at the club, adding that that will help him gain more experience.
“I’m very excited. I feel like it will be a good experience for me and I’m looking forward to starting the season.
“I feel like I’m going to learn a lot from the manager. He’s pretty similar to Mikel Arteta, they’re both very encouraging. The gaffer has made me feel welcome and I feel the qualities I have can match the way he wants to play.,” said Smith who joined the club on loan earlier this year.