Arsenal have tied Emile Smith Rowe to a new long-term contract as part of a major preseason boost for the Mikel Arteta's team.
Smith Rowe, who burst onto the first-team scene last season and became one of the top players from a largely inconsistent team, also received the No.10 jersey in a further display of confidence in the 20-year-old's ability 'former attacking midfielder.
Other clubs had been alerted of Smith Rowe's potential availability as negotiations with Arsenal continued and Aston Villa made offers of around £ 25million and £ 30million strongly rejected last month . Now they will have no chance of having their man and Smith Rowe, an academy product who has worked with Arsenal since the age of nine, will be an integral part of his club's attempt to break free. relaunch in 2021-2022.
"As we all saw last season, Emile is a smart player with excellent abilities ", Arteta said. “His sharpness in the turn and his exceptional vision have already made him a key player for us. His attitudeand his 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 on the cards until Arteta selected him for Boxing Day's game against Chelsea. He didn't look back and finished 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 EU's Under-21 Championship campaign. He has been widely tipped to earn senio honorsrs alongside Bukayo Saka, another product of the Hale End club youth setup.
After securing Smith Rowe 's future, Arsenal remain active in the search to supplement their ranks. They have signed left-back Nuno Tavares of 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 £ 30millionincluding additions.