Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has revealed that AS Monaco boss Thierry Henry is interested in signing Gunners midfielder Emile Smith Rowe in January.

The 18-year-old has broken into Unai Emery’s side this season and has since scored twice in 5 appearances.

The young attacking midfielder has now been tipped by former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour to keep getting more game time in the first team.

Parlour told the Daily Star: “Reiss Nelson has got a lot of players in [his position]. You’ve got Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, all those sorts of players but with Smith Rowe, he can play a little bit deeper.”

“Guendouzi is there, Xhaka, who can play left back now, so with certain players I’m sure you can probably let go.”

“I’m sure Thierry went straight away when he went to Monaco [and said], ‘Can we get Smith Rowe on loan?’”

“So they’ll be lots of clubs that want him but I think Arsenal will try and develop him themselves.”

“And maybe if he does leave he could be the one to get more game time in the Premier League.”

On whether Smith Rowe is destined for the top level, Parlour added: “Well at the moment he is but it’s a long way to go.”

“Again, what he’s shown so far has been excellent but there’s a lot of hard work to go.”

“He’s got to dedicate his life now to football, work hard, listen to his agent, listen to the way the play, develop as a player.”

“If he does that he’s got every opportunity, he’s got everything, he’s a decent midfielder.”

Arsenal are back into action on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Dean Court to take on Bournemouth.

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