Arsenal need to tie down Smith-Rowe’s new contract quickly

Arsenal’s newest sensation Emile Smith-Rowe is giving Arsenal fans the jitters by not coming to an agreement with the Gunners on a new contract extension, to secure that our academy graduates (and Martinelli!) stay together to form the spine of our team for the forseeable future.

Arteta has already persuaded Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Falorin Balogun to sign on the dotted line, and everyone believes that Kieran Tierney is also expected to sign again when he returns from his adventures at the Euros with Scotland.

But, not for the first time, we are hearing that Smith-Rowe is still nowhere near joining that bunch as of yet.

The Guardian said in their report about Tierney’s contract last night: “Now that Tierney’s future is secure, Arsenal hope Emile Smith Rowe will sign new terms. They rejected an opportunistic bid from Aston Villa for the 20-year-old attacking midfielder this week but are yet to stave off further interest by reaching an agreement. Arteta also expects to make a number of signings and has had an opening bid rejected for the Brighton and England centre-back Ben White.”

Of course we all know that Smith-Rowe is a Gunner through and through, as the 20 year-old told fans himself in February when he said; “I cant really describe the feeling to be honest. Being an Arsenal fan from such a young age, getting an opportunity to help put on the Arsenal shirt and step out on that pitch, there’s really no better feeling for me.”

So maybe we are all worrying unneccesarily, but the fact is that his agent could persuade him to hold out for a much better deal, as seems to be happening a lot lately, so as long as we are waiting for any concrete news it is no wonder that we could be getting more and more worried as time goes on…


  1. ESR is under contract until 2023.
    Yes in line with all players we wish to retain we need to be sorting these contracts. KT is apparently done, as off air Liam Brady advised Didi Hammann on RTE television in Ireland.
    Richard Garlick has not long stepped into his role. I have no doubt that the well deserved new contract of ESR is high on the club’s agenda. I don’t believe ESR is an Ashley Cole. He is a down to earth lad who wants to stay and I have no doubts that he will.
    Please stop with the implied negativity that there is an issue in that he hasn’t signed a new deal.
    There is enough negativity about us coming from the press let alone for supporters or bloggers to jump on the bandwagon.

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