Arsenal has secured the signature of Emile Smith Rowe on a new long-term contract. For the upcoming season, the youngster has been allocated the number ten shirt. The Gunners confirmed the transfer news on their official website that an agreement has been reached and that the contract talks between Arsenal and Smith Rowe are believed to have lasted some time.
The 20-year-old’s promotion to the first team was one of the few bright spots in his team’s underwhelming 2020/21 campaign. Arsenal’s academy graduate will be the club’s new number ten. “Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term contract with the club,” theread. “To coincide with his new long-term contract, we can also reveal that Emile will wear our number ten shirt for the 2021/22 season.”
“As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability. His sharpness on the turn and exceptional vision has already made him a key player for us. His attitude and willingness to learn have also been very impressive,” added the statement.
Mikel Arteta took advantage of the opportunity to issue a brief statement praising Smith Rowe’s progress over the past year, adding that he sees the youngster as a key player for the club moving forward. “Huge credit to our team in our academy who have given Emile a great education and have worked superbly to help with his development through the age groups.”
“Along with the first-team staff, huge credit also goes to our senior players, who have played such an important role to help Emile develop, gain confidence and perform the way he did last season. I know the fans will join us in being delighted that Emile has committed his future to the club. We’re now looking forward to helping him develop further and seeing him become even more important to the strong young team we’re building.”