Emile Smith Rowe has signed a 5-year contract extension with Arsenal

Bertrand Traore

Arsenal has announced that Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new contract extension with the club for 5 years. From the upcoming season, Emile Smith Rowe shall dawn the number 10 which was worn by club legend Denis Bergkamp.

Emile Smith Rowe on wearing the Number 10 stated on Arsenal.com that “Everyone knows that No 10 is a big shirt and it is definitely a big position as well. So, I’m buzzing to be honest, I can’t wait to get on the pitch,

“It’s really special – I can’t explain the feeling when I found out. I’ve not really got the words to explain it right now! But yeah, I’m really happy.

Having been part of the club since the age of 10, Emile had not only impressed the managers who have previously managed him but also a ray of hope for the Arsenal fans because of his technique on the ball as well as his work rate off the ball.

Seeing him develop from his multiple loan stints at clubs like RB Leipzig as well as Huddersfield and now being the new Number 10, it has been quite the journey for the  21-year-old player. Coming back from an injury towards the start of the 20/21 season, Emile smith Rowe had contributed to 2 goals and 4 assists in the English Premier League as well as a goal and 3 assists in the Europa League as well as helping the team win 12 of the last 20 games in the league to help the club finish on the 8th position in the Premier League table


In the 20/21 season of the English Premier League, Arteta played Smith Rowe in the centre attacking midfielder position. Many appearances coming in Arteta’s preferred formation of the 4-2-3-1. He had a total dribble per 90 of 1.9 which is the 5th highest in the Arsenal squad. Secondly, having a Key Passes per 90 of 1.7 which is the second-highest within the squad only behind Willian. These stats showing his maturity and the willingness of the player to execute forward playing passes.

With the recent signing of Albert Mboyo Sambi Lokonga from RSC Anderlecht for a reported fee of 15 million Euros who prefers to play the Number 6 role in the midfield three as well as the departure of Dani Ceballos as well as Martin Ødegaard from the club, Emile Smith Rowe looks to become the 10 within the midfield behind the double pivot of Thomas Partey and Sambi Lokonga in a free role-based high pressing attacking midfielder.

Even if Mikel Arteta decides to go back to the 3-4-3 or the 4-3-3 formation, the versatility of the Emile Smith Rowe shall be put on display as he can play as an inverted winger as well as the wide-mid fielder role.

With the recent activity by Arsenal with their recent signings as well as the extension of player contracts within the club, the club could be looking to get their ship sailing again after the previous season’s awful ending for the club and the fans and as fans come back into the stadiums, this could be the appropriate beginning Arsenal needed to kick start their new Season without European football.

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