Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe’s life outside of football from his parents to tattoo

Emile Smith Rowe is a Hale End hero after graduating from the Arsenal academy and becoming a first-team ace, so here is everything you need to know on the midfielder.

The playmaker joined Arsenal when he was only nine years old after Chelsea elected against signing him. Smith Rowe had trialled with the Blues before the Gunners came calling but he struggled to deliver. Yet the maestro rapidly rose the Gunners’ ranks over the next 11 years.

Unai Emery handed Smith Rowe his senior debut when Arsenal hosted Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League on September 20, 2018. But his true emergence at Emirates Stadium arrived in 2021/22 after his loan spells for RB Leipzig in 2018/19 and Huddersfield Town in 2019/20.

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe on senior debut v Vorskla Poltava in UEFA Europa League - Group E

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Smith Rowe started out at Tooting & Mitcham before enjoying spells for Glebe FC and then Junior Elite FC, where his potential caught Chelsea’s attention. But, after a trial of only one month, the Blues axed the kid. Yet Arsenal were on the phone one month later to sign him.

His time in Hale End would lead Smith Rowe to becoming a key part of Mikel Arteta’s side in 2021/22. He scored 10 goals in 33 Premier League games to earn his senior England bow on November 12, 2021 against Albania at Wembley. But who is Smith Rowe outside of football?

How old is Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe?

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe vs FC Porto in Round of 16 First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
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At the time of writing, Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe is 23 years old. He was born on July 28, 2003 to his parents dad, Leslie Rowe, and his headteacher mum, Fiona Smith. His dad’s work with Islington Council’s foster care service over the years also had a profound effect on him.

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