Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal and will wear the number 10 shirt for 2021-22 season.
Having graduated through Arsenal’s Academy, Smith Rowe last season enjoyed a breakthrough season in which he netted four goals in 33 appearances across all competitions, including the opener in a nail-biting 2-0 Third Round victory over Newcastle United in the FA Cup after extra-time.
Speaking to arsenal.com about his decision to pen a new deal with the Gunners, Smith Rowe revealed that he is delighted to secure his future at the Emirates saying: “I’ve been waiting for it, and to carry on playing for this club, it means so much to me and I’m so happy.”
When questioned if he considered a potential move away before signing the new contract, the 20 year-old commented: “I feel like I didn’t really have to think about it too much you know. I’ve been at the club since I was 10 years old, so for me it was just about carrying on at this club, so like I said, I’m really happy.”
Smith Rowe however was reflective of his progress so far despite struggling with a groin injury during 2018-19 season whilst on loan at RB Leipzig, describing his experience as “an up and down journey, there has there have been a lot of downs with injuries and so on, and I feel like I’ve had a lot of experience, going out on loan and stuff.”
Looking ahead to the future, Smith Rowe admitted that he doesn’t like to set himself future goals, instead opting to “try to keep moving forward game by game and see how it goes.”
Manager, Mikel Arteta meanwhile praised the youngster for his intelligence and sharp play, adding: “Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability. His sharpness on the turn and exceptional vision have already made him a key player for us. His attitude and willingness to learn have also been very impressive.”
Smith Rowe’s contract extension comes just days after the club signed Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.