Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.
The attacking midfielder has been with the English club since the age of nine and progressed through the ranks at the Hale End academy where he played for all the youth teams.
His hard work was rewarded last season when he was handed his debut and made an impact in the first team, making 33 appearances across all competitions.
To coincide with his new long-term contract, the Gunners also revealed that the midfielder will wear the number 10 shirt for the 2021/22 season.
His first Premier League goal was in a home game against West Bromwich Albion in May this year, and a few days later he struck the winner away against Chelsea.
He has also gained valuable experience with loan spells in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig and in the Championship with Huddersfield Town.
Coach Mikel Arteta gave the youngster his first team breakthrough and he is very pleased to see him commit his future to the Gunners.
“As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability. His sharpness on the turn and exceptional vision have already made him a key player for us,” he told the club’s official website.
“His attitude and willingness to learn have also been very impressive. 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,” he continued.
“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,” the Spaniard concluded.
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By FARPost reporter