Emile Smith Rowe

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Emile Smith Rowe
Personal information
Full name Emile Smith Rowe[1]
Date of birth (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Croydon, England[2]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.82 m)[3]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, winger
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 10
Youth career
2010–2018 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Arsenal 31 (4)
2019RB Leipzig (loan) 3 (0)
2020Huddersfield Town (loan) 19 (2)
National team
2015–2016 England U16 3 (0)
2016–2017 England U17 11 (2)
2017 England U18 2 (0)
2018 England U19 4 (1)
2019– England U20 2 (1)
2021– England U21 4 (1)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  England
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Winner 2017 U-17 Team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:16, 22 October 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:56, 11 October 2021 (UTC)

Emile Smith Rowe (born 28 July 2000) is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Arsenal and the England national under-21 football team.

After eight years at Arsenal's academy, Smith Rowe made his professional debut for the club in September 2018, but limited appearances saw him move on loan to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in January 2019 and to Huddersfield Town in January 2020. Smith Rowe gained a more prominent role at Arsenal in the 2020–21 season, and gradually established himself as a first-team regular, later signing a five-year contract extension with the club in July 2021.

Smith Rowe represented several of England's youth teams at international level, winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup with the under-17 side.

Early life[edit]

Smith Rowe originates from Thornton Heath in the south London borough of Croydon.[4] He relocated to north London with his parents and brother when he was signed by Arsenal in 2010. His cousin, Dean Smith Rowe, is a semi-professional footballer for Belgian club Genk.[5]

Club career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Smith Rowe joined Arsenal's Hale End Academy in 2010 at the age of ten. He made his first appearance for the Under-23s in 2016–17, at the age of 16. He continued in the Under-23s during the 2017–18 season, making 10 appearances for the side, recorded 2 assists and 1 goal.[citation needed] He signed his first professional contract with the club on 31 July 2017.[6]

Aged 17, he joined the senior team for their pre-season tour of Singapore in July 2018. He scored a goal in the 1–1 draw against Atlético Madrid in the International Champions Cup.[7][8] He also assisted a goal in the 5–1 win against PSG in the same competition on 28 July, which was also his 18th birthday.[9]

Smith Rowe signed a new long-term professional contract with Arsenal on 31 July 2018, when he was described by head coach Unai Emery as having "lots of potential".[10][11] The length of the contract was not disclosed by Arsenal, but it was reported to be a five-year deal.[12]

Smith Rowe made his Arsenal first-team competitive debut on 20 September 2018 against Vorskla Poltava in the UEFA Europa League, coming on as a second-half substitute for Alex Iwobi.[13] His appearance was the first Arsenal professional debut by a player born in the 2000s.[14][15] He scored after starting the following Europa League match against Qarabağ in a 3–0 victory for Arsenal, becoming the youngest Arsenal goalscorer in a competitive match since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2011, and the first player born after 2000 to score for the London club.[16][17] He scored his first goal at the Emirates in a 2–1 victory over Blackpool in the EFL Cup.[18]

2018–20: Loans to RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town[edit]

On 31 January 2019, he joined RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.[19] After signing the loan deal RB Leipzig discovered Smith Rowe was not fully recovered from a groin injury.[20] Ralf Rangnick, the RB Leipzig manager said: "He will not be fully training with us in the next two to three weeks".[20] Due to his injury issue, he only played a total of 28 minutes in three substitute appearances during his time at RB Leipzig.[21]

On 10 January 2020, Smith Rowe joined EFL Championship side Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the 2019–20 season.[22] Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley responded to supporters' wishes for Smith Rowe to play more minutes by stating: "We have to be very protective of him which none of us like. I actually boo myself when I take him off, because it's not something I want to do."[23]

On 1 February 2020, Smith Rowe scored his first goal for Huddersfield Town in a 2–3 defeat to Fulham in the EFL Championship.[24] Smith Rowe's performance at Huddersfield Town caught the eye of many. In particular, in his final home appearance for the club, he scored the winning goal at the 86th minute against West Brom that would eventually help Huddersfield Town to secure EFL Championship safety.[25]

2020–present: First team breakthrough at Arsenal[edit]

On 29 August 2020, Smith Rowe was named an unused substitute in the 2020 FA Community Shield, in which Arsenal defeated Premier League winners Liverpool 5–4 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 in 90 minutes.[26] Following his return to Arsenal in 2020, Smith Rowe struggled with injuries before returning to fitness in the autumn.[27] Although he performed well in Arsenal's Europa League group fixtures, scoring or assisting in each of his matches, he did not start any of Arsenal's matches in the Premier League in October or November. Following Arsenal's worst league start in decades,[28] manager Mikel Arteta entrusted Smith Rowe with the number 10 role, replacing Willian, on Boxing Day against London rivals Chelsea, helping to inspire a 3–1 home win to end the club's poor run of form.[29] In his next 5 games, Emile Smith-Rowe recorded 3 assists and scored a goal in a FA Cup 2–0 win against Newcastle United.[30] Due to his excellent performances, Smith Rowe was voted as the runner up of the Player of the Month in January on Arsenal official website.[31] On 14 March 2021, Smith Rowe played in the North London derby for the first time and delivered a Man of the Match performance in a 2–1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.[32][33] On 9 May 2021, Smith Rowe scored his first Premier League goal in a 3–1 home win over West Bromwich Albion.[34] On 12 May 2021, Smith Rowe scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win over Chelsea, sealing the Gunners' first win at Stamford Bridge in nearly 10 years and Arsenal's first league double over the Blues since 2004.[35]

On the 22nd July 2021, Smith Rowe ended months of speculation by signing a long-term deal with the club, reported to be a five-year contract.[36] He was also handed the number 10 shirt for the new season, previously vacated by Mesut Özil.[37] On 26 September 2021, Smith Rowe scored a goal and recorded an assist in the North London Derby, which resulted in a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.[38]

International career[edit]

Smith Rowe has been capped by England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 level whilst progressing through the ranks at Arsenal's Hale End academy.[39]

In April 2017, Smith Rowe was included in the squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[40] He came off the bench in the semi-final against Turkey[41] but did not play in the final as England were defeated on penalties by Spain.[42] In October 2017, he was part of the squad that won the U-17 World Cup.[43][44] He scored in the group stage against Iraq[45] and provided an assist for Rhian Brewster to score against Brazil in the semi-final.[46]

In October 2018, Smith Rowe scored for the England under-19 team against Portugal.[47]

On 14 November 2019, Smith Rowe made a goalscoring debut for the England under-20 team during a 4–0 win away to Portugal in the U20 Elite League.[48]

On 15 March 2021, Smith Rowe received his first England U21 call up as part of the Young Lions squad for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[49] He made his debut in the opening game of the tournament, a 1–0 loss to Switzerland on 25 March 2021.[50]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 October 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal U21 2018–19[51] 1[a] 1 1 1
2019–20[52] 2[a] 0 2 0
2020–21[53] 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 4 1 4 1
Arsenal 2018–19[51] Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 1 4[b] 2 6 3
2019–20[52] Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 3[b] 0 6 0
2020–21[53] Premier League 20 2 1 1 1 0 11[b] 1 0 0 33 4
2021–22[38] Premier League 9 2 0 0 1 1 10 3
Total 31 4 1 1 5 2 18 3 0 0 55 10
RB Leipzig (loan) 2018–19[51] Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2019–20[52] Championship 19 2 19 2
Career total 53 6 1 1 5 2 18 3 4 1 81 13
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

England U17

Style of play[edit]

Arsenal's former head of academy recruitment, Steve Morrow, described Smith Rowe to be "very direct, always looked forward, had a lovely touch, very clever in possession. He was always full of energy and work rate, and come alive on the ball."[57] Mark Hudson, the former first team coach at Huddersfield Town, was also impressed by Smith Rowe, "He drifts past people. He does not look quick but he is and it is with the ball which is brilliant. He naturally glides across the ground and he takes the ball in his stride. He has good vision and a good understanding of the game."[58]

Personal life[edit]

In one of his interviews, Smith Rowe revealed he is very close to his family. He talked about how much he appreciated the sacrifice his family made for him growing up, and his dad is his biggest inspiration.[59]

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External links[edit]

  • Profile at the Arsenal F.C. website