Mikel Arteta sends exciting message to fans after Arsenal OFFICIALLY sign up ‘intelligent’ midfielder
Mikel Arteta has admitted just how delighted he is that Emil Smith Rowe has agreed a new contract at Arsenal
Smith-Rowe has made a real impact on the Arsenal side this season and has firmly established himself as one of the most creative players at the Emirates right now.
He is a player that Mikel Arteta rates very highly and a player that added a number of assists and goals to his name over the course of the season, but there has been big speculation about his future
The Gunners youngster has been the subject of intense interest from Aston Villa this summer, with the Midlands outfit having seen two bids rejected for the playmaker, as the club had no intention of letting him leave
Smith Rowe has now put an end to the speculation by committing his future to the club he has been with since he was 10 years old, and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has opened up and announced his delight at the deal.
Arteta told the club website: “As we all saw last season, 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. Huge credit to our team in our academy who have given Emile a great education and have worked superbly to help with his development through the age groups.
“Along with the first team staff, huge credit also goes to our senior players, who have played such an important role to help Emile develop, gain confidence and perform the way he did last season.
“I know the fans will join us in being delighted that Emile has committed his future to the club. We’re now looking forward to helping him develop further and seeing him become even more important to the strong young team we’re building.”