Should we be worried that Smith-Rowe has not yet signed a new Arsenal contract?

Now that Arsenal’s new Head of football operations Richard Garlick has joined the team, he has taken control of all contracts for new and existing players.

It would appear that Mikel Arteta is making a priority of tying down all his up-and-coming youngsters to new deals, and having succeeded in doing a deal with Bukayo Saka, he is now trying to get the rest on board.

There were numerous rumours that Folarin Balogun was stalling on his new deal, but the problems were overcome and there was official confirmation on his new contract from the Gunners at the end of April.

The latest youngster in the spotlight is Emile Smith-Rowe, who has rocketed to stardom since his debut against Chelsea on Boxing Day, and Kieran Tierney is also in line for an upgraded contract as well.

With just two years left on his current contract, Arteta is keen to get Smith-Rowe signed up quickly, especially as there are other Premier League clubs looking covetously at our new Number Ten.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Bukayo Saka, Cedric Soares and Alexandre Lacazette after scoring their sides first goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

But despite rumours that Arsenal is close to getting agreement, Football.london have given an update on Kieran Tierney’s contract talks and have added that there has not yet been any progress with Smith-Rowe as yet. They stated:

Meanwhile, the Gunners are confident that Emile Smith Rowe will commit to a new contract.

Contrary to recent media reports however, the England youngster is not ‘close’ to signing an extension.

Smith Rowe has two years remaining on his current contract and his extension is seen as one of the priorities for the executive team this summer, with talks already underway.

The Croydon-born youngster is seen as part of the Gunners’ ‘British core’ alongside Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney.

It is very clear that Arteta is working on a long term rebuilding plan, and making sure we have a settled set of youngsters that have been brought through in the “arsenal Way” from our academy.

I think Arteta should make Smith-Rowe the Number One priority to stop the fans getting nervous….

Tags Balogun Folarin Balogun Saka Smith-Rowe

40 Comments

  1. Nero says:

    The person who writes most of these JA articles…has a lot of depressing energy..

    1. Havyn says:

      Useless article
      ESR will sign
      You wrote same about Flo Balogun but what do we see

      We are already stressed about our club, do not push it higher

  2. gotanidea says:

    Yes, because he’s so good in the CAM position. I think he wants to seek some assurance over his future role after reading some rumors about Buendia and Arteta’s future

  3. OnceGreat says:

    I don’t see why he wouldn’t sign an extension. It’s his boyhood club, he is often in the starting 11, he’s young enough to have a reason to stay, even if his club is on an irreversible downward spiral.

    I’m really negative when it comes to AFC but they’re not THAT bad to see academy players abandon ship.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Two years to go on his current contract, Emile Smith Rowe is probably looking at a big pay day now he has made the first team. I would trust Richard Garlick to get it done. If he hasn’t renewed by the start of the 2021/22 season, he should be sold. ESR’s bargaining power would be higher if his injury record was better.

  4. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    It cannot be because Arsenal want to sign a new no. 10 who they have to do this summer for Option and to provide cover which ESR knows that should be making him delaying to renew his deal at Arsenal. But it could be the delaying is coming from him for a different reason but not because of my above aforesaid reason.

    Maybe, it could be that he finds the Arsenal financial contract renewing terms offered him to renew.inadequate. Hence, his delaying.

    But whatever be the case, I believe the problem will be resolved a,micably in such a way that will leave both parties happy at the end of the day which will also see us Gooners rejoicing after ESR has renewed for Arsenal. For, I am confident he will.

    1. Atid says:

      I think he is stalling to see who we bring in and how much we value him. As a previous comment stated his injury record is not great, hence we do need cover. Unfortunately there isn’t an academy player, yet good enough to understudy ESR. Therefore we need to sign someone, although personally I would play a 433 with smith-rowe and Willock flanking Partey. Both have the energy and drive to get in the box and Partey could adapt to the holding role. The cover for Partey would be Torreira whilst guendozi and Elneny could cover Willock and ESR.

  5. Didrik Plehn says:

    I don’t worry one calorie regarding EMS, he will sign a new contract if not done it already. It’s amusing to read all the pathetic speculations regarding Arsenal and our players in the media 🔴⚪️

    1. jon fox says:

      Almost as “amusing” as to read that you(don’t) worry in “calories”, a trick that is beyond my abilities! I eat my calories, like most normal humans.

      1. Didrik Plehn says:

        Read som biology, I hope you are using some as well 🤣

  6. RSH says:

    Switzerland never quite as good as they should be. As usual. Good point Wales.

      1. Dan kit says:

        Was t good for me as HH got 3 points 👎

        1. Sue says:

          Bloody hell, Dan, poor Eriksen.. awful scenes 🙏

        2. Highbury Hero says:

          It doesn’t matter much since we will start clean in the second stage. 3rd is the target. The earlier secured the better.

          1. Dan kit says:

            I know
            Absolutely hits home when something like this happens
            I wasn’t watching my buddy just texted me .

          2. Admin Pat says:

            Early reports from
            @beINSPORTS
            that Christin Eriksen is ALIVE.

            He’s left the stadium in a stable condition.

            Thank god for that. Thank god for the doctors and for the referee who acted so swiftly to save his life

          3. Sue says:

            Dan.. it was horrendous, the way he went down, was given cpr.. I felt sick and then seeing his wife being consoled and Alex Scott in pieces in the studio…truly awful.. hope to god he pulls through

          4. Sue says:

            Just saw a photo, Pat.. thank god for that 🙏

          5. Highbury Hero says:

            What has happened to Eriksen Pat and Sue?

          6. Sue says:

            He just collapsed, HH. Had to be resuscitated.. it was horrible

          7. Highbury Hero says:

            That must have been horrible to watch. Glad to hear some positive news and Hope he will be okay. My thoughts to him and his family and the fans who watched him collapse. It must have been a shocking thing to see. Hope you they all will have an easy night.

  7. RW1 says:

    Nope … more worried that xhaka isn’t yet fully out the door and the hapless Ramsey is sniffing around … the utter mediocrity of both on full display today

    1. Dan kit says:

      Gotta agree
      Ramsey was about as good as the 10 years he spent here 👎

      1. Stephanie says:

        He was fine here. He wasn’t a bad player

    2. Highbury Hero says:

      I like Granit but this comment has made me laugh 😂

  8. SueP says:

    Dear God
    My thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family

    1. RSH says:

      think im slightly in state of shocking seeing that live. Hoping and hoping for the best right now. What an awful thing to happen.

    2. Admin Pat says:

      His poor wife watching it too. Please please let him pull through

  9. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    It cannot be because Arsenal want to sign a new no. 10 who they have to do this summer for Option and to provide cover which ESR knows that shouldn’t be making him delaying to renew his deal at Arsenal. But it could be the delaying is coming from him for a different reason but not because of my above aforesaid reason.

    Maybe, it could be that he finds the Arsenal financial contract renewing terms offered him to renew.inadequate. Hence, his delaying.

    But whatever be the case, I believe the problem will be resolved a,micably in such a way that will leave both parties happy at the end of the day which will also see us Gooners rejoicing after ESR has renewed for Arsenal. For, I am confident he will.

  10. Glorious says:

    He is still a rookie player, he will definitely sign an extension. GL to him

  11. Eddie says:

    If this doesn’t send any message to FIFA or UEFA then I don’t know what will. Give these players time to rest FFS!!!! Different competitions packing up Everytime like these guys are robots!! They’ve been playing since August 2020 non stop!! Greed! Greed!! Greed!! When they should rest, you get the stupid international friendlies midseason as int break. The useless international league, shît tons of competitions yet little time.
    When certain fans point out that these guys are human too, you’ll get the “He earns millions” comment like that’s supposed to make them some machine.
    This is so stupid.
    Obviously don’t know what happened on the pitch but there’s no way you woild tell me these guys won’t benefit from a long rest off after a long season but the football bodies only care about money.
    Glad Erikson’s fine

    1. Admin Pat says:

      That’s a very good point Eddie, talk about burnout….

      Arsenal’s friendies start the day after the Euro Final, but then again, we’re lucky no Arsenal players are good enough to be in the competition! (Okay a couple!)

    2. ahmad73 says:

      Absolutely right Eddie. This is a sad indictment of greed at very level ruining the game. These players are humans and are quite simply incapable of playing so many high intensity games, many of which are meaningless.

    3. Highbury Hero says:

      Hope the fans will start to strongly reject the pointless international friendlies. I love international football but you are correct on the useless friendlies MID SEASON!

    4. RSH says:

      very good point Eddie. And now we get the news the game is being completed the same day! I dont care if the players wanted to complete the match, it’s UEFA’s job to protect the players and make the final calls. They have failed to protect these players phsyically and mentally. Such a disgraceful organization which is why I personally wasn’t even as bothered about the Superleague as others. UEFA deserves the worst. And yes, thank GOODNESS Erkisen is recovering because it looked VERY bad.

  12. Stephanie says:

    Thoughts and positive vibes to Christian and his family ❤️. Hope he makes a full recovery ❤️

  13. JW says:

    Is Erickson an early casualty of the incessant greed now rampant in Football.

    The FA want their pound of flesh thru the FA Cup and international friendlies.

    The Football League want their dues via the League Cup.

    EUFA are one of the worst offenders. They want the players participating in the expanded Champions League, and/or the Europa League and now the Europa Championship League. as well as the Nations cup and the Euros.

    FIFA have the World Club championship and the World Cup, which they want to be played every two years.

    Then we have the Team Owners, who, not content with playing their League and Cup games thru the season, also expect the players to go on an overseas summer tour.

    Where will it all end? How many more Erickson situations will it take before some says STOP the madness?

    As for ESR, I would wait until near the end of the transfer window before signing a new deal, just to see who the “Brains Trust” bring in. If they prove stupid enough to bring in Odegaard, I would hand in a transfer request and immediately look for a new team!!!.

  14. rayturner says:

    ESR is Arsenal through and through…he aint going anywhere as he loves arsenal.

    Bring back Newcastle’s best player Willock

    Saka loves arsenal aint going anywhere

    Give balogan some playing time and what do you have ? not sure but all them player will die for arsenal … the futures bright 2/3 yrs see you at the emirates

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