Arsenal have confirmed that Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term contract at the club.
The 20-year-old academy graduate has been in negotiations with the Gunners hierarchy over a new deal for several months and was always expected to commit his future to the club despite Aston Villa twice tabling offers for his services this summer.
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Smith Rowe became a mainstay of Mikel Arteta’s first team last season making 34 appearances despite being sidelined for the opening three months due to injury. Having sold Mesut Ozil and with Martin Odegaard returning to Real Madrid following his loan spell, it’s expected that the youngster will start the new campaign as the club’s first-choice number 10.
After tying down Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney to new deals and with Albert Lokonga and Nuno Tavares joining in recent weeks, Arsenal have a clear core of young players around which to build for the future. It bodes well.
Congratulations to Emile, here’s hoping he goes from strength to strength.