Fans rinse Arsenal’s Smith Rowe for new tattoo as clock ‘shows wrong numbers’

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Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has been mercilessly mocked on social media after fans noticed his new tattoo features some comical design errors.

The 21-year-old has become the latest footballer to join the tattoo craze after requesting a huge, black ink tattoo on his left tricep. The design features some gothic tones with half a clock face and a detailed sketch of a lion inked on Smith Rowe’s arm.

The tattoo artist, Elbert Carter, was clearly delighted to be able to welcome Smith Rowe as a new client, posting on his official page, captioning the photo: “Yesterday I got to tattoo @arsenal No. 10 Emile Smith Rowe! Thank you for the trust! Such a great guy on and off the pitch!”

But his joy may have turned to despair after two errors were spotted by eagle-eyed social media users. In the image uploaded to Instagram, Smith Rowe’s new body art appears to include two embarrassing typos. Half of the design shows a clockface with 13 hours rather than 12, as shown by the ‘XIII’ at the top.

And that is not the only oversight, as it emerged the number four — represented in Roman numerals by the ‘IV’ symbol, is actually represented with four ‘I’s instead. That is not as big an issue, with some watches including IIII to represent four, and there have been more toe-curling gaffes made when it comes to tattoos.

But the difference is this is going to be permanent for Smith Rowe unless he can cover it up with a fresh design. And given the prominence that the tattoo has in comparison to the rest of his bare arm, it is unlikely to be forgotten any time soon by football fans.

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One user tweeted: “Emile Smith Rowe with quite possibly the worst tattoo in the history of footballers with too much money. Wonder how players get a reputation for being stupid???” And that was backed up by another, who wrote: “Just seen Emile Smith-Rowe's new tattoo. Oh dear. *facepalm*”.

Another Twitter user killed two birds with one stone by including Jack Grealish in his criticism, saying: “Why did Smith Rowe get Grealish to do his tattoo?” But one user was sympathetic towards the youngster, writing: “Poor Emile Smith Rowe hasn’t got a chance to show off his tattoo and he’s already getting slated for it”.

The Arsenal playmaker has enjoyed his most productive season in his senior career with 10 goals in all competitions and will be turning his attention to helping the Gunners in their battle to finish in the top four as Mikel Arteta’s side head to the South Coast to face Southampton.

A win would put the north London side just a point behind their rivals Tottenham with a game in hand after their shock defeat to Brighton on Saturday — and that would help Smith Rowe forget his latest blunder.

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