Edu and Arteta make 'beautiful' prediction about Arsenal man after announcement
Emile Smith-Rowe has finally put pen to paper on a new ‘long-term contract’ at Arsenal, and will wear the no.10 shirt going forward. It is much deserved after his form for the Gunners during the second half of 20-21. Responding to the Smith-Rowe deal, Arteta and Edu made a prediction.
Smith-Rowe, 20, clocked up 33 senior appearances for Arsenal in all competitions last season. He had a hand in 11 goals, scoring four and creating seven. But it was not just his goal involvements that caught the eye – instead it was his ability connect midfield and attack.
It brought the best out of his teammates, most notably Bukayo Saka who instantly took his game to another level when in the same side as Smith-Rowe. Now, the youngster has signed a new deal – until 2026 according to Fabrizio Romano – and both Edu and Mikel Arteta have made a prediction.
Edu said: “We have trust in Emile and we know he has the potential to be a beautiful player for many years to come.” Arteta added: ” 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.”
Can Smith-Rowe repay Arsenal trust – amid Edu and Arteta comments?
In order to do that, he needs to improve his numbers. He needs to be averaging a goal or an assist every 90 minutes, rather than one every three games. But at 20, he just needs to continue gaining first-team exposure and without European football this season – Smith-Rowe will be fresh.
He needs the confidence placed in him to get the best out of him. With Martin Odegaard going, Arteta will surely make Smith-Rowe first choice. Having signed a new deal and earning the 10 shirt, they are placing their faith in Smith-Rowe and that in turn is likely to get the best out of him.
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