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Emile Smith Rowe signs long-term Arsenal contract and takes number 10 shirt

Emile Smith Rowe has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal, putting an end to speculation about a move to Aston Villa

Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe has put pen to paper on a long-term deal that will keep him at the London club. He will also get the number 10 jersey previously worn by Mesut Ozil. The youngster had loan spells at Huddersfield and RB Leipzig. ESR was one of the bright spots of Arsenal’s disappointing 2020/2021 campaign. He sparked into life in the second half of the season. Emile Smith Rowe recorded four goals and seven assists in all competitions for Mikel Arteta’s side. The Hale End product was subject to two bids from Aston Villa but decided to keep improving at his boyhood club. He called the decision to stay at Arsenal “easy”.

Mikel Arteta rates the England U21 midfielder. “As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability,” said Arteta. “His sharpness on the turn and exceptional vision have already made him a key player for us. His attitude and willingness to learn have also been very impressive.” Arteta finished by saying, “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 20-year-old is a creative gem that can unlock defenses with dribbling and great vision. One that the robotic Arsenal side needS. The number 10 shirt on his back shows the faith that Arsenal are putting in their youngster. They can now focus on signing a striker to finish the chances. They are linked with Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and there is a rumored thirty million Pound move for Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United.



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