Date: 31st July 2017 at 4:17pm

By Reece Dixon

Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe has today signed his first professional contract with the Gunners, the club have confirmed.

The academy player who joined Arsenal at the age of 10 was a regular in the Gunners’ under-18’s side.

Emile was involved from start to finish as the team coached by Kwame Ampadu narrowly missed out on the title last season and will be keen for another crack at glory this time out.

Smith Rowe shared his delight on Twitter: “Happy to have signed my first professional contract with Arsenal”

The local boy played 15 times for the Gunners’ academy side, scoring six goals.

A number of Arsenal’s academy graduates made the step up in the Emirates Cup over the weekend.

Christ Willock and particularly Reis Nelson impressed. Both players and Smith Rowe will be hoping to emulate the likes of Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi and Jack Wilshere in breaking into the first team in the near future.


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