Mikel Arteta: Why Emile Smith Rowe new contract is key to my Arsenal vision

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Mikel Arteta wants to see Emile Smith Rowe become a key man in his Arsenal side after the midfielder penned a new deal with the club.

Smith Rowe has ended any speculation over his future by agreeing a new five-year contract while the academy graduate has also been handed the No10 shirt in north London.

The England U21 international made his breakthrough into Arteta's squad last season and the Gunners manager has big plans for the 20-year-old.

"As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability," said Arteta.

"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."

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