Arsenal have linked Emile Smith Rowe with a new long-term contract in a major preseason swing for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Smith Rowe, who burst onto the first-team scene last season and become one of the best players in a largely inconsistent squad, also received the No.10 shirt in a further display of confidence in the 20-year-old attacking midfielder. capacity.
Other clubs had been alerted to Smith Rowe’s potential availability as negotiations with Arsenal continued, and Aston Villa had offers of around £ 25million and £ 30million firmly rejected last month. Now they won’t stand a chance of having their man and Smith Rowe, an academy product who has been with Arsenal since the age of nine, will be integral to his club’s attempt to relaunch in 2021-2022. .
“As we all saw last season, Emile is a smart player with great abilities,” said Arteta. “His sharpness in the turn and his exceptional vision have already made him a key player for us. His attitude and willingness to learn were also very impressive. Great credit to our team in our academy who gave Emile an excellent education and worked superbly to help him develop across age groups.
Although Smith Rowe made his first-team debut in September 2018, he was quickly loaned to RB Leipzig and Huddersfield. A shoulder injury disrupted him early last season and another loan was scheduled until Arteta selected him for Boxing Day’s game against Chelsea. He didn’t look back and ended the season with 20 top-flight appearances, two goals and a host of dynamic performances.
Smith Rowe also made his England Under-21 debut last season, appearing twice in their campaign for the UEFA Under-21 Championship. He has been widely tipped to win senior honors alongside Bukayo Saka, another product of the club’s Hale End youth setup.
After securing Smith Rowe’s future, Arsenal remain active in seeking to supplement their ranks. They have signed left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, and are expected to complete the signing of Ben White from Brighton for £ 50million in the near future. They retain a keen interest in Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and the Guardian understand that after seeing two offers rejected they will test the Blades’ resolve with a third and possibly final offer for the 23-year-old. The asking price is £ 30million including additions.