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Emile Smith Rowe given Arsenal No10 shirt despite Aubameyang and Lacazette joking they wanted Ozil’s old number

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-23
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ARSENAL have handed Emile Smith Rowe the iconic No10 shirt - as well as a new 'long-term deal'.

But two Gunners stars might be a bit miffed they missed out bagging the special number.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette joked how they both wanted to be No10 in January after Mesut Ozil exited for Fenerbahce.

The likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie and Jack Wilshere have all worn that number.

Lacazette shared a picture of himself and Auba mimicking the famous Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme.

The Frenchman captioned the post: "When you both want the number 10."

Aubameyang appeared to gracefully step aside, replying, "They said they put it away", complete with laughing and cry-laughing emojis.

But the skipper continued: "All yours my bro."

Aubameyang has never worn the No10 during his 14-year career.

But it is Smith Rowe who will wear that number next season.

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Upon sealing the deal, Spaniard Arteta told Arsenal's official website: "As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability.

"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."

Having been handed his club debut in 2018 Smith Rowe, 20, rose to prominence last season - hardly looking back after being handed a start in Arsenal's 3-1 Boxing Day win over Chelsea.

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Smith Rowe was interesting Aston Villa but has pledged his future to Arsenal Credit: Getty

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