Matt Smith trains with Arsenal first-team ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Academy midfielder Matt Smith was involved in first-team training today ahead of tomorrow night’s season opener away to Crystal Palace.

Smith’s long-term future at Arsenal is uncertain given that he is 21 years old and would now have to be included in the senior lists to be eligible to play in the Premier League and the Europa League this season.

It is still possible that Smith could leave permanently or on loan before the transfer window closes, but for now he is training with the senior squad.

Smith featured for the first-team against Ipswich Town in pre-season, providing an assist for Folarin Balogun. He also travelled with the squad to Germany but was an unused substitute against Nuremberg.

Goalkeeper Hubert Graczyk was also involved in the session.

It’s possible Graczyk could travel with the squad to Selhurst Park as the third choice goalkeeper although this has yet to be confirmed.

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3 comments

  1. I’ve always like Matt Smith, he’s a very tidy, skilful player who you could imagine in our midfield doing an Elneny type of job keeping things moving and recycling the ball and it’s great to see him involved in 1st team training, but for other than making up the numbers does that really mean anything Jeorge?

    I’ve followed his many loans and he’s done ok in spells at Charlton and Swindon etc, but I’ve never read that he was a major player in any of those clubs just a steady performer, not as Smith Rowe was at Huddersfield or Saliba at Marseille – maybe he’s a late bloomer?

    Do you think that there’s any possibility that the club will retain him to fill out the squad and see how he develops at London Conley?

      1. That’s too bad.
        He seems to have the footballing intelligence. Maybe he was less prepared for the physical aspect of the game. And his injuries didn’t help either.

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