Arsenal President Mikel Arteta provided insight into the process that eventually culminated in Emile Smith Rowe securing the No. 10 shirt at the Emirates.
ESR is committed to Arsenal
The headlines in the red half of north London this week have of course surrounded one of the club’s up-and-coming talent – Emile Smith Rowe.
Midfielder Smith Rowe has enjoyed an exceptional campaign in the English capital in 2020/21, having finally got a chance to make a steady impact late last year.
Amid a creative crisis on the part of Mikel Arteta’s men, the 20-year-old has been tasked with adding some much-needed shrewdness to Arsenal’s attacking ranks.
And ESR went on to manage just that, en route to two goals and four assists in 20 Premier League games during the second half of the season.
In contrast, it wasn’t much of a surprise when Arsenal chose to reward their latest flagship Hale End with a new contract offer earlier this summer.
On Thursday, Smith Rowe complied with stipulated terms and struck a “long-term” deal with his boyhood club.
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The midfielder’s commitment to his future with Arsenal, however, has not made the only Smith Row headline news this week.
The other came in the form of a new shirt number that was handed over to the England youth international in the Emirates.
Besides their announcement regarding his contract, Arsenal confirmed that ESR was honored with the club’s iconic No. 10 shirt – previously worn by the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Mesut Ozil.
Such a noticeable weight being thrown onto the 20-year-old’s shoulders led to an instant gossip about whether the decision would prove to be the right one, at such a delicate point in Smith’s nascent career.
As Mikel Arteta confirmed on Saturday, one individual who is absolutely convinced that the Gunners star has the abilities to succeed with 10 decked out on his back is none other than Smith Roe himself:
‘I asked about him [the No.10 shirt]To show you ambition and desire, Arteta explained to Arsenal Media.
The best guys who ask for more than they can afford but if they think they can do it then don’t put a stop to it. When he asked me and asked the club if he wanted to have it, [I said] Okay.’
Turning to the topic of the new youngster’s deal, the Arsenal boss added:
“I think he totally deserves this new contract, he has earned every right to be in the position where the club has had to consider rewarding what he has done and he has shown his commitment to the football club.”
So when that relationship is shaped the way you get it, that’s a really powerful and powerful message for everyone. We want and want hungry and talented people [players] Those who play with great desire and e-mail suit all that.
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