The Gunners have handed over a new contract and iconic jersey to an academy graduate for whom they have high hopes
Mikel Arteta has revealed that Emile Smith asked Rowe to get the No. 10 shirt at Arsenal, while the Gunners boss points out that a talented 20-year-old ‘knows the consequences’ of an iconic jersey.
A highly regarded product of the Emirates Stadium academy system is in the footsteps of Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie and Mesut Ozil.
He also committed to a new long-term contract, to end any uncertainty surrounding his future, with Arteta now looking for a confident character to realize his potential and assume a prominent position in an ambitious group.
What was said?
The Arteta tells Arsenal Media of Smith Rowe who promoted new terms and a shirt number: ‘I think he deserves the new contract, he deserved all right to be in the position where the club had to think about rewarding what he did to the football club.
“So if the relationship develops as it becomes, it’s a very strong and powerful message for everyone. We want and I want to be hungry, talented [players] who plays with great desire and Emile fits in with it.
‘If that’s the case and you’re on board and you show that dedication, desire, quality and talent every day, you’re at the right club at the right time, and I think Emile feels that way too.
‘He asked for [the No.10 shirt], so that you show the ambition and desire. I prefer players who ask for more than they can take, but if they believe they can do it, do not limit it. When he asked me and the club asked that he want to get it [number], okay, let’s go.
“We talked a bit, we discussed it and he knows what the consequences are, but he feels willing to do it, and if he’s willing to do it, I’m going to be right behind him to make him so comfortable. and as happily as possible do what he wants to do. ‘
Smith Rowe’s record at Arsenal
A competitive debut for the Gunners was taken in September 2018 under Unai Emery, but patience had to be shown after the first Europa League outings.
Loan periods at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield have allowed Smith Rowe to master more minutes before making a breakthrough at Arsenal in 2020-21.
Arteta has delivered 33 games in all competitions this season, with four goals scored by the heats.
His ability was clear for all to see, with admiring glances from afar fired in his direction.
Aston Villa made big money offers when the current transfer window opened, but the Gunners avoided it and expressed fresh conditions with a player they highly hope for.