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Arsenal have tied down Emile Smith Rowe to a new long-term contract in a major pre-season boost for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Smith Rowe, who burst on to the first-team scene last season and became one of the top performers for a largely inconsistent side, has also been given the No 10 shirt in a further show of confidence in the 20-year-old attacking midfielder’s ability.

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