Emile Smith Rowe has ended speculation of joining Aston Villa this summer by signing a new long-term deal with Arsenal.
The midfielder has also taken the vacant No10 shirt, previously worn by Mesut Ozil, as a further indication of his importance to Arsenal.
He broke into the first team last season around Christmas time and established himself as a key cog in their revival under Mikel Arteta during the second half of the season.
Arteta has big plans for Smith Rowe and he sees him as a crucial part of the club’s future going forward, which is why Arsenal never entertained any bids for him.
Arsenal technical director Edu said: “This is another important step forward for us and we’re all delighted that Emile has signed a new long-term contract.
“It’s great to see another young player develop through our academy system to become a key part of our first team.
“Emile is a player who represents the future of the club and this is why we have given him the No10 shirt.
“We have trust in Emile and we know he has the potential to be a beautiful player for many years to come.”
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