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Emile Smith Rowe shirt number set to change to number 10 this summer



Currently wearing the number 32 shirt at Arsenal, Emile Smith Rowe will be handed the number 10 shirt in the summer after Mesut Ozil left for Fenerbahce.

As Arsenal announced the signing of Martin Odegaard, who took the number 11 shirt, it was reported in Spain that the Norwegian did not take the 10 as he wanted a number that would be available next season, should he make his move to Arsenal permanent.

It was explained that the 10 would be going to Smith Rowe so Odegaard knew he would only be able to wear it for half a season before it was given to another player.

Emile Smith Rowe shirt number history
Emile Smith Rowe doesn’t overly seem fussed about his shirt number, wearing quite a range throughout his career. A quick look at his history and you see that he has worn 12, 11, 7, 11, 10, 8, 12, 11, 10, 8, 4, 55, 11, 10, 55, 18 (RB Leipzig), 32, 10 and 8 before he made his breakthrough into the Arsenal senior team in 19/20 when he was handed the 32 again.

Emile rowe mocked up shirt

He kept that at Huddersfield and picked it up again at Arsenal when he returned before another brief foray with 10 and 11 with the u23s and then settling on the 32 again.

The 10 for Arsenal’s first team, however, is a completely different beast, and as a lifelong Arsenal fan it will no doubt make him, and us, extremely proud to see a kid from Hale End strutting around the Emirates pitch with it on his back.

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Mikel Arteta demands answers over ‘obvious’ penalty Arsenal were denied in Burnley draw



Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left fuming following his side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor because of the ‘obvious and clear’ penalty the Spaniard thought the Gunners should have been awarded.


It was a passage of play that saw Nicolas Pepe take on the Burnley left-back Erik Pieters, whose arm appeared to meet the ball and block it. The incident wasn’t flagged up by VAR and the game continued.



Pieters was later penalised for a separate incident when he blocked a goal-bound shot from Pepe, which deflected onto the crossbar and clear. Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot and brandished a red card, but VAR intervened when replays showed it had struck his shoulder.


The latter incident was a perfect example of how VAR should work, but Arteta was perplexed as to why the first incident wasn’t ruled a penalty, which could have given Arsenal the win.


“I think it’s obvious and clear, I think there is no debate about that. If that is not a penalty, then would someone explain what a penalty is in this league,” he said, via


“We created, but we didn’t score enough. We gave a goal to the opponent and then don’t get the decision that we should get. It then becomes very difficult to win the game.”


Having taken the lead early through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the goal that Arsenal gave away was avoidable and the result of Granit Xhaka trying to play a pass that had been closed off by Burnley forward Chris Wood, who blocked it and diverted the ball into the goal.


Arteta defended Xhaka’s decision making in that instance, insisting that possession-based football from the back is still how he wants his team to play, despite the risks involved.


“It is what it is, it’s the way that we play and the way that I want to play,” the boss explained.


“We just have to know the risk and the rules that we have in certain areas in terms of the type of balls we have to play. But it is what it is.”



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English FA explains why Arsenal were denied penalty against Burnley



The Premier League has claimed that Arsenal were denied a penalty against Burnley because Erik Pieters was in ‘close proximity’ to Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners were forced to settle for a point at Turf Moor after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener was cancelled out by Chris Wood, who benefitted from a huge mistake by Granit Xhaka.

However, Arsenal felt aggrieved in the 75th minute when Pepe’s touch inside Burnley’s box led the ball to hit Pieters’ outstretched arm, but Mikel Arteta’s side were not awarded a penalty following a VAR review.

Earlier this week, Fulham were involved in a similar incident as Mario Lemina was penalised for handball in the build-up to their disallowed goal against Tottenham.

But in a statement after the game, the Premier League clarified why Arsenal were not given the decision.

‘The ball has hit him from close proximity and he’s had no time to react,’ said the statement. ‘It wasn’t given on-field and the VAR didn’t think it was a clear error.’


Arteta, meanwhile, was left in no doubt that his side should have been awarded a penalty. ‘Absolutely,’ the Arsenal manager said after the game.

 ‘I think it is obvious and clear. I think there is no debate about that. ‘If that’s not a penalty, then someone will explain what a penalty is in this league.’




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Just In: Xhaka apologizes to Arsenal Fans for his costly mistake against Burnley



Granit Xhaka is full of remorse for his horrendous display that led to Burnley goal, that cost Arsenal 2 points today.

He has come to apologize to Arsenal fans via his Official Facebook  Page:

It’s class from him.


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