The non-story of the summer time for Arsenal has been Emile Smith Rowe’s contract scenario. The Hale End product and breakout star is already beneath contract by means of June 2023, however Edu is trying to lock him right down to a good longer deal. According to James Benge, Arsenal are “rising in confidence” that Smith Rowe will quickly put pen to paper on a new, five-year contract, with simply particulars remaining to be ironed out.
Arsenal appear to be sticking by their said aim of not letting gamers enter the ultimate yr of their contracts and not using a new one in place / plans for a sale — Smith Rowe would hit the ultimate yr of his present deal subsequent June. There are quite a lot of causes to tie ESR to the membership long-term, not least of which is that Aston Villa have been (annoyingly) sniffing round. Villa have made two bids for Smith Rowe — one for £25M and one other for £30M — and are reportedly making ready a 3rd round £38M.
No participant is untouchable, however £38M isn’t sufficient to tempt Arsenal, I don’t suppose. If Villa (or someone else) got here again with a bid north of £50M then I feel the Gunners would not less than think about it, however even then, I feel they’d need extra.
Just a few weeks in the past, Arsenal have been linked to James Maddison for £60M. Smith Rowe has one third the Premier League expertise that Maddison does, however is 4 years youthful. It’s cheap to suppose that by the point he’s 24, Smith Rowe can have made extra Premier League appearances than Maddison at that age. The Maddison quantity, £60M, ought to be the start line.
But sufficient hypotheticals. Nobody is coming in with a knock-your-socks-off provide for Emile Smith Rowe. He’s of extra worth to Arsenal anyway, and he’s going to re-sign on the Emirates. He has been on the membership since he was 10 years previous, his total footballing life, and is a lifelong Arsenal supporter. He’s considered one of our personal, vital to Mikel Arteta’s tactical plans, and a possible famous person within the making.
Let’s hammer out these particulars so the man can signal ‘da ‘ting.