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Smith-Rowe to 'fight' for his place in the Arsenal team

Smith-Rowe is eager to rediscover the form that led him to become one of the brightest youngsters in English football.

England midfielder Emile Smith Rowe says he will embrace the challenge that new signing Kai Havertz will bring to the Arsenal team.

The Germany midfielder Havertz became the Gunners’ first recruit of the summer after the North London club agreed a reported fee of £55m with the Blues, with the signing of Declan Rice set to be announced soon.

Pundits and punters alike reckon Arsenal’s recent business means Smith-Rowe will fall down the pecking order, however, the Arsenal academy graduate admits his excitement at the positive impact his new team-mates will have on Arteta’s squad as he works towards rediscovering the form that led to him becoming one of the club’s brightest talents seasons ago.

'I see what happens and obviously, it's good for the club to add strength to the team,' he told the Sun. 'I feel like the additions we're making are going to really help the team progress again.

'It's really exciting so hopefully we can go one step further next season. Of course (it is extra competition with the arrival of Havertz), but this is football.

'You've just got to get on with it. I've got to keep working hard, and it's healthy competition. I've got to keep fighting,' he added.

Arsenal will bolster their squad even after signing Rice from West Ham and they are still negotiating with Ajax for the services of defender Jurrien Timber.

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