Arsenal star posts on Instagram after announcement, Rio Ferdinand and William Saliba among replies

Emile Smith Rowe has celebrated the announcement of a new Arsenal contract with an Instagram post, which prompted responses of support from the likes of Rio Ferdinand and William Saliba.

The Gunners confirmed on Thursday that academy graduate Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium.

In addition, the attacking midfielder has taken the club’s iconic No10 kit.

Smith Rowe, who’s grown into a key player under manager Mikel Arteta, appears to have been handed even more senior responsibility with his number change.

The 20-year-old playmaker was one of the go-to figures during a difficult campaign last year, so fully deserves it.

He put a message on social media after the contract announcement.

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For Arsenal, they are spot on to reward Smith Rowe with a new long-term contract. 

The creator is someone that realistically Arteta can build the team around.

He’s such an intelligent attacker who’s a menace for opponents when he drops into pockets of space in a number 10 position. However, he can contribute from the wings, too.

Arsenal still have a million miles to go back to their former glory, but their academy are holding up their end of the bargain. 

Smith Rowe, along with Bukayo Saka, are Arsenal fan favourites with good reason.

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