Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe forced to wear plain black boots against Tottenham after Nike deal ends
EMILE SMITH ROWE scored once and landed an assist in Arsenal’s 3-0 win in the North London derby against Tottenham and Sunday.
And he did so with plain, blackened boots, with the 21-year-old Arsenal man currently without a sponsor.
But the lack of designer boots clearly didn’t affect him, as Smith Rowe featured a man of the match in the win over bitter rivals Spurs.
The Arsenal academy graduate wore Nike shoes last season, but his contract with the manufacturing giants expired in July, according to The Athletic.
And within six months of the expiration of his contract, the youngster is not allowed to wear boots from competing brands.
It is, however, authorized to negotiate agreements with other boot manufacturers.
Smith Rowe’s signing is highly sought after with Adidas, Puma and Under Armor all reportedly chasing No.10 Arsenal for the expiration of his six-month ‘corresponding rights’ period in January.
Potential sponsors are on high alert following Smith Rowe’s meteoric performance in Sunday’s game, supporting a strong start to the season with the Gunners.
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Nike is, however, allowed to match any offers made to Smith Rowe by competing companies.
Both England U21 caps are unlikely to think about football boots after his stellar performance on Sunday.
He took to social media after Arsenal won the North London Derby and posted a photo of himself celebrating his goal with his all-black boots on display.
And he just has captioned the photo: “The best day of my life!”
This is his second goal in as many games after scoring against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup third round victory.
Smith Rowe is expected to go far by the Gunners, who tied him to a five-year contract in July and awarded the striker the famous Arsenal No.10 shirt.
After loan spells at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield, Smith Rowe broke into Arsenal’s first team last season and has now played 52 times for the Gunners.
He has scored nine times and provided eight assists during that time, and alongside Bukayo Saka he is considered one of Mikel Arteta’s stars going forward.
After dropping to their lowest in the Premier League after three games, Arteta’s side are now starting to gain momentum.
The victory over Tottenham was Prem’s third straight victory, propelling the Gunners to tenth place in the table and ahead of north London rivals Spurs on goals scored.
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