Report claims Arsenal to sign Emile Smith-Rowe ahead of Tottenham

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Arsenal have beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona to the signing of teenage winger Emile Smith-Rowe, according to reports.

Arsenal are on the brink of one-upping their Premier League and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur by beating them to the signing of young winger Emile Smith-Rowe, according to Squawka.

The 15-year-old has reportedly agreed to pen professional terms with the club after emerging as one of their most highly-rated academy prospects.

Such is his promise, Squawka claims that Spurs and even Barcelona attempted to swoop in and steal a march on the Gunners in their attempts to tie him down to a contract, but the report says that he will stick with Arsenal.

If true, it could be quite a coup for the North Londoners, though he is unlikely to figure in the senior set-up for a few more years yet.

 

That being said, manager Arsene Wenger has never been afraid of giving youth a first-team shot if they are good enough, with Cesc Fabregas - who was signed from Barca before he signed professionally - and Jack Wilshere both making their competitive debuts at the age of 16.

 

Smith-Rowe, who has featured in Under-18 outings this season, turns 16 in July.

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