Emile Smith Rowe will not leave Arsenal this summer, according to Miguel Arteta, who also hinted that Joe Willock could stay.
Smith Rowe is a target for Aston Villa, who have previously made two bids for the offensive midfielder, who has two years left on his present contract and is in talks for a new one.
Arsenal are optimistic that the 20-year-old, who scored against Hibernian last night, would sign to new terms with them, and they have no plans to move him.
“Without a doubt, definitely,” Arteta answered when asked if he is determined to maintain Smith Rowe despite Aston Villa’s interest.
He’ll be staying here for the rest of his life.”
When asked about Villa’s two proposals of PS25 million and PS30 million, Arteta replied, “No comment.” Smith Rowe isn’t the only Arsenal kid garnering interest, with Newcastle also interested in signing Willock.
The midfielder thrived during his loan spell there in the second half of last season, and Newcastle would prefer to keep him for another season.
If that fails, a price of roughly PS30 million could persuade Arsenal to sell.
“Well, he wasn’t engaged tonight because he had a small groin issue,” Arteta remarked following Hibernian’s 2-1 defeat yesterday night.
“He did a great job training yesterday, but we didn’t want to put him in jeopardy.”
Joe is a part of our plans; he’s a player, and we’ll strive to get the most out of him while he’s here.
“He had a nice loan experience.”
He was, I believe, one of the most essential players for Newcastle’s survival, and we are delighted to have him.” Arsenal began their pre-season training Wednesday, with Bukayo Saka missing out due to his participation in Euro 2020.
The teenager is now on vacation for three weeks after missing a penalty in the final and facing racist abuse online in the aftermath of the defeat to Italy.
Getty Images “He’s been sad, but I think the biggest trophy he can have is the support, love, and adoration of everyone in international football,” Arteta said.
“He had an great season; he was our club’s top player for the entire season.”
He played for England, and at the age of 19, he acquired the right to play there.
“What else do you want? The cup, yes, but you can’t have everything in football.” Arsenal are in Scotland for pre-season this week, and they started off with a loss to Hibernian.
Martin Boyle scored after an blunder by Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo, and Daniel Mackay made it 2-0 before Smith Rowe pulled one back.
After the setback, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe missed a penalty, and the Gunners will be hoping to improve when they meet Rangers on Saturday.