Smith Rowe’s mid-season Impact
Emile Smith Rowe has been one of few bright sparks in a dismal Arsenal season.
The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League for the second consecutive season, and exited the Europa League tamely at the semi-final stages.
Arsenal are 3rd in the Premier League form table since Christmas. They’ve scored the 4th most in that time period & conceded 5th least.
Arsenal need to act fast in the transfer market & make sure they can do it over 38 games instead of 22 games. pic.twitter.com/qdXXkWM8Mv
— Harry (@RunReissRun) May 12, 2021
However, Arsenal’s form picked up significantly after Christmas, with Smith Rowe’s introduction into the side coinciding with this upturn.
Still only 20-years-old, the England under-21 international made 32 appearances across all competitions for the North London side, returning three goals and seven assists.
His influence was such that he was even affectionately nicknamed the “Croyden De Bruyne”, a reference to his birthplace and his play style.
New contract close
Smith Rowe’s current deal at the Emirates expires in 2023, meaning that Arsenal could have been in danger of losing the young playmaker on the cheap from next summer.
However, Mikel Arteta and his management team have moved quickly to try and tie down the Englishman to a new deal, with discussions having been ongoing since March.
Emile Smith-Rowe is ready to sign a new contract with Arsenal until June 2026 after negotiations started in March. Just waiting last details to be completed – then it’ll be done. ⚪️🔴 #AFC
In the meantime, Willian is expected to leave Arsenal this summer as Xhaka and Guendouzi. https://t.co/0oLWSdBGFP
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 8, 2021
Now transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that Smith-Rowe is “ready” to put pen to paper on a new deal that would see him remain in North London until 2026, a three year extension on his current deal.
While Arsenal fans will not be able to rest easy until they see the new deal officially announced, the positive news will certainly be welcome.
Smith Rowe’s new contract will mean Arsenal have tied down four of their most exciting attacking talents to long-term deals in the last 12 months. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli both signed new contracts in the summer of 2020, while Folarin Balogun was convinced to sign on for a further period at the club in March.
Although 2020-21 was disappointing for the Gunners, there is real hope that this quartet can help to get the club back to where it belongs.
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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