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Smith Rowe “ready” to sign new long-term Arsenal contract

Emile Smith-Rowe

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.

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.

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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