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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 09, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Arsenal are expected to offer Emile Smith Rowe a new contract which will see his wages increase significantly.
There’s no denying that Emile Smith Rowe has been Arsenal’s saviour this season.
Without the youngster in the side we have been awful, as evidenced on Saturday when we tanked our FA Cup game against Southampton.
The 20-year-old, who has already been at the club for 10 years, is currently under contract with Arsenal until 2023 and earns £20,000-per-week.
Arsenal have recently 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 the older Smith Rowe will see his wages go up to £40kpw, doubling his £1.04m-a-year salary.
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it look like his involvement would be brief when he was shown a red card, thankfully VAR and the referee saw sense and rescinded it.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: