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Exclusive: Emile Smith Rowe commits his long-term future to Arsenal

Emile Smith Rowe playing against Newcastle United ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Getty Images

Arsenal have been developing Emile Smith Rowe at Hale End since he joined the north London club at the age of ten. The 2020/2021 season was Smith Rowe’s breakthrough into the first-team after being given weekly opportunities to impress playing for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, and did just that.

The Arsenal board have been discussing their plans for the summer transfer window since the middle of the season and as a part of the business that needs to be completed, Arsenal expect Smith Rowe to sign a long-term contract extension, according to Chris Wheatley, football.london chief Arsenal correspondent.

Talks are in progress for Arsenal’s homegrown talent to put pen to paper for a five-year deal during the summer.

After a consistent showing of excellent performances, Mikel Arteta has declared that he wants Emile Smith Rowe to be an integral member of Arsenal’s squad in the upcoming season. Smith Rowe played 30 times for Arsenal in the 2020/21 season across four different competitions scoring four times and assisting seven.

Emile Smith Rowe playing in the Europa League for Arsenal ALL RIGHTS RESVERED Getty Images

Speaking in October 2020, Emile Smith Rowe said: “As an Arsenal fan it would be a dream to become an Arsenal legend, I want to win trophies with the team. I could see myself being a one-club man if everything works out.”

Speaking exclusively to Gooner Talk, a source close to the player’s camp has confirmed that Emile wants to commit his long-term future to his boyhood football club, Arsenal. “Emile would not be open to a move to a rival club as he is Arsenal through and through” meaning that the Arsenal wonder-kid would not want to help another club that is competing against Arsenal at any point in his career. “There has been no contact with other clubs and Emile’s focus is Arsenal,” said the source when questioned on the topic of Smith Rowe’s immediate future.

With Mesut Ozil leaving last January, Martin Odegaard’s proposed permanent move to north London looking unlikely, and Arsenal’s Emi Buendia pursuit failing …now might be Smith Rowe’s chance to become one of the first names on Mikel Arteta’s teamsheet as the box to box midfielder to play in front of Arsenal’s pivot.

It is refreshing for the fans to see players perform with the commitment and dedication levels that Emile Smith Rowe reaches week in week out. Committing his long-term future to the club portrays that Smith Rowe plans to have a future at the club and allows fans to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the club has a capable talent that can take the club back to where they belong.

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