Emile Smith Rowe has joined Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson in the Arsenal first team and has been given a new squad number.
The 18-year-old came to prominence 12 months ago with a cracking goal against Atletico Madrid in a pre-season friendly and went on to play six times for the first team in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
A groin strain suffered at the start of December kept him sidelined until the end of February but it didn’t stop him moving to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in January.
In the end, his time in Germany was more of a growing experience than a football one, with game time limited to just three cameo performances at the tail-end of the season.
Leipzig liked what they saw and did attempt to keep Smith Rowe, but the Gunners were never likely to agree to that. If he can stay fit, he potentially has a big year ahead of him.
Smith Rowe has been wearing the number 58 shirt at training this week – last season he had 55 – but Preciana Brown (always good for a bit of Arsenal news) insists that he’s in line for the 32 shirt.