Emmanuel Petit has advised Arsenal to’signal’ their ambition to wanted midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, saying the Gunners risk losing him and a slew of other players if they have another bad season.
Smith Rowe, 20, had a breakthrough season last season, appearing in 33 games across all competitions and attracting three approaches from Aston Villa, with offers of PS25 million and PS30 million rejected and Dean Smith’s side considering a third bid.
Although Arsenal are apparently confident that he will sign a new deal, Petit told the Metro that the club must demonstrate their desire by purchasing the proper players in the transfer market if they want to keep the Croydon-born star and other key players.
Arsenal must’signal’ their goal to star Emile Smith Rowe, according to ex-midfielder Emmanuel Petit. The Gunners had a dismal season last season and would difficult to keep bright young players like Smith Rowe if they continue to underachieve, according to Petit.
It’s critical to provide them a signal in terms of improvement, competition, and desire.
For the past five or six years, Arsenal has been slipping down the league.
When will it be finished?
‘It means if I’m an Arsenal player, I’ll be fully aware of what the club is doing in the transfer market, who the new players are, and who is departing.’
‘If the club is spending money on good players with character, maybe it shows they want to send a signal to the team that this season will be different from the last few seasons,’ Petit said, adding that he would be watching Mason Mount, Phil Foden, and Jack Grealish enjoying themselves at other Premier League clubs and worrying about Arsenal’s future success.
‘Emile Smith Rowe is not foolish,’ Petit said, adding that the Aston Villa target would like to see the club make bold moves in the transfer market before committing to a new contract. The Croydon-born attacking midfielder is allegedly set to sign a new contract at the Emirates.
Smith Rowe will aspire to be like him.
‘I’m sure he’ll have some questions, and I’m hoping Arsenal gave him the answers he was looking for in terms of the transfer market and next season’s aspirations.’
If this season is anything like the ones we’ve seen from Arsenal in recent years, forget it.
‘They’re going to lose a lot of players at the end of the season.’ Mikel Arteta’s side finished eighth in the Premier League last season, only two points above of promoted Leeds and outside of the European qualification slots for the 2021-22 season.