Arsenal are close to announcing a new contract for Emile Smith Rowe which will see his wages increase significantly.
There’s no denying that Emile Smith Rowe was one of Arsenal’s saviours in the season just gone.
Without the youngster in the side, Arsenal were awful, evidenced clearly when we tanked our FA Cup game against Southampton.
Last season, Arsenal handed new, improved contracts to both Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, tripling their wages from £10kpw to £30k and it seems, in addition to judging players on their talent, the club has an age-based hierarchy to some degree, as well.
Both Martinelli and Saka are 19 and it is expected that the older Smith Rowe will see his wages go up to £40kpw, doubling his £1.04m-a-year salary.
Talks apparently opened in April after being rumoured for a while and are now close to a conclusion. As reported below, Smith Rowe’s new deal will tie him to the club for the next five years.
Emile Smith Rowe spoke about his love for Arsenal after he came on against Newcastle and turned the game.
Coming on as a second-half substitute, Emile Smith Rowe immediately changed the game.
Although it look like his involvement would be brief when he was shown a red card, thankfully VAR and the referee saw sense and rescinded it.
Smith Rowe then went on to open the scoring for Arsenal with a lovely finish and ended the game as one of the highest rated players.
After the game, Smith Rowe spoke to the BBC.
“Like you said, the incident before wasn’t ideal [with the red card], definitely wasn’t intentional. I’m happy to get the goal and happy to go through to the next round.
“It’s great, from a young kid I’ve always wanted to play for this club. All the young players, it’s good for us to get opportunities so I’m really happy to be playing for this club.”
He was also named BBC’s Man of the Match.
You can watch the full interview in the video below, the above quotes are only a selection, he had more to say: