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Why Arsenal’s 18-year-old prodigy could go on to become a superstar under Unai Emery

Why Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe could go on to become the next big thing

According to MirrorArsenal have rewarded Emile Smith Rowe with a new long-term contract following his impressive displays for the club in the pre-season games. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has starred under Unai Emery thus far, after receiving opportunities to showcase his talent during the club’s tour to Singapore.

Smith Rowe scored a wonderful solo effort against Atletico Madrid before shining in Arsenal’s 5-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain. The England U17 World Cup winner has been tipped for a bright future, having made a solid impression on Emery.

Unai Emery
Unai Emery

The Arsenal manager was visibly happy with the youngster and he said –

“I am pleased with Emile’s contribution so far this pre-season. He is working very hard and has lots of potential. I look forward to working with him and the other young players and helping them to develop as Arsenal players.”

Here’s why the player will be very good for the Gunners in the coming years:

Player Analysis  – Emile Smith Rowe

Smith Rowe is an exciting attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing anywhere in the midfield. His ability to unlock defences and supply assists, as well as score sumptuous individual goals makes him a complete package.

The 18-year-old’s close control with the ball is imperious, mixed with his audacity to perform tricks to slide past defenders. He joined Arsenal’s Hale End Academy in 2010 and has been a constant performer under the tutelage of the academy managers.

Emile Smith Rowe

The teenager regularly featured for the U18s last season, scoring 1 goal and assisting 2 in 10 appearances. Overall, he has all the attributes required to become a big star at the Emirates Stadium. In Emery, the 18-year-old has the right manager who can extract the best out of him.


Arsenal have a great academy and are capable of producing players who have the talent to challenge for a first-team spot. Smith Rowe is a player with a high potential and effervescence, who could go on to become the next big thing for Arsenal.

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Emery is known to promote young players and provide them with the opportunities for gradual development.

Offering a new contract to Smith Rowe indicates the fact that Emery will offer him the chances to fight for his spot in the first-team. And the 18-year-old has the qualities to play well and showcase his talent on the big stage.