Arteta could use unconventional method to keep Smith Rowe at the Emirates

Arsenal is trying to tie down Emile Smith Rowe to a new deal at the Emirates as he continues his upward development at the club.

The teenage midfield star has been a revelation since he broke into the Arsenal first team.

When the club’s biggest players have failed to deliver, Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have been delivering some of the best performances in a campaign that has been tough for the Gunners.

They will bolster their team in the summer, adding players to different areas of their squad.

However, keeping their best stars is as much a priority as well and Smith Rowe is one that has to be kept.

The club is currently negotiating a long-term deal for him ahead of the reopening of the transfer window, and ESPN reports that Mikel Arteta is prepared to hand him the number 10 shirt at the club to persuade him to stay.

The number was formerly worn by Mesut Ozil, but the German’s departure in the last transfer window has made it available.

The report also reveals that several members of the Arsenal first team are targeting the number, including Smith Rowe and Arteta is happy to hand it to him as a part of negotiations over a new deal.

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  1. Mogunna says:

    Smith rowe 10, Niles 6, Willock 8, Nelson 7, Saka 11 is what they use to wear at U23.

    With Martinelli, Belogun, Nketiah both center forward, we do have a great young team adding tierny.

    im sure, more jeweels in defense are ccoming up as strong, they all played at england youth level, educating in best UK and top 3 europe academy for over a deczde
    .Thanks to our beloved Prof!

  2. Havyn says:

    He deserves it more
    Not Auba or Laca
    He’s the one to wear the 10

  3. O.T.S says:

    Give him if that is what he wants!

  4. Rfrancis says:

    In my view this would be another rookie-mistake by our rookie-manager. The 10 shirt should be a commercial marker, assigned to a marquee player to drive advertising and product sales. ESR is not that player.

    1. jon fox says:

      YUCK!!! I could not disagree more. Not about the particular player but about the whole concept of shirt marketing, which is obscene and a giant con, designed to fleece hard pressed fans of still more money to feed already obscenely rich players and their parasitic agents.
      And the real tragedy of this is that so few fans even bother to think seriously about this con. They meekly accept it. As you are doing, so unthinkingly. THAT is why I say YUCK!!

    2. Chris Longwe says:

      Nope every Jersey can be a commercial marker, it’s not the number it’s the individual wearing it who can market the number. We have seen players at Arsenal wearing the number 4 jersey and being great players

  5. Argooner says:

    In what way is this “unconventional” exactly?

  6. Ayan says:

    So who is that marque player to drive advertising and product sales please?

    1. Ackshay says:

      Ignore people like them they just whine for the sake of whining

  7. jon fox says:

    What is “unconventional” about this? I read the headline and then expected to see something like SR would be allowed to have a flat in the Emirates itself for he and his family OR a twenty year contract . Something that IS unconventional.

    But what did I find when reading the story- NOTHING UNCONVENTIONAL AT ALL- merely that he was going to be given a Number ten shirt. Such a fuss over nothing at all!

    All numbers are totally meaningless these days and have been for years, compared to the proper use when such as No 2 always meant the right back and No 9 the centre forward. Bendtner was once No 52! I presume that referred to how many cars he had crashed!
    Those days are long gone and numbers are NOW just another ghastly, conning, money making, marketing tool for naive kids to pester their poor parents for.
    Are there no depths to which this site will not plunge to capture our attention with such a typically and deliberately misleading headline!

    I may be unpopular in demanding truth but truth is VITAL if we are ever to have a hope of cleaning up all the commercial nonsense that is harming our sport.

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