Arsenal will award Emile Smith Rowe for his fine individual performances with a long-term contract extension. Coming off the back of multiple contractual failings during the Emirates era – including some rumbling on presently – the need to tie down key members of the squad and exciting prospects has become paramount.
On their best run of league form since Mikel Arteta took charge, Arsenal are now unbeaten in five top-flight fixtures, dropping only two points, with the common denominator being the Croydon-born midfielder.
While overall team performances have improved, the impact that Emile Smith Rowe has had on the side since his introduction against Chelsea back in December – the start of the current spell – mustn’t be understated.
He now has three assists in the five Premier League matches he’s started since, including a goal in the FA Cup third round win over Newcastle, thrusting him into an ever-increasing troupe of Gunners ‘undroppables’.
Emile Smith Rowe set for long-term contract extension at Arsenal
Aware that his talent will court interest locally and from afar, Arsenal have no plans to rest on their laurels and are preparing a bumper new long-term contract for the 20-year-old before the start of next season, report the Daily Mail.
The news comes off the back of a similar approach taken last season, where Bukayo Saka had just over a year left to run on his deal but was tied down on a long-term contract (Arsenal never specify length), one that included a pay-rise from his £3k-per-week salary up to around £40k-per-week.
Just two days later it was Gabriel Martinelli‘s turn to put pen to paper on fresh terms, as Arsenal sought to secure their most exciting prospects for the foreseeable. There was outside interest in Saka and Martinelli previously and Smith Rowe is surely due his own.
The creative midfielder will still have two years left to run in the summer, but the Gunners want all uncertainty abolished as Arteta seeks to rebuild his squad.
It’s stated that there is confidence that Smith Rowe will commit his long-term future to Arsenal, a fairly universal viewpoint. His love for the club is clear, so too is his compatibility to the style, and there is no reason to break that bond.
What Arsenal have is three kids – essentially – to build their squad around. In that sense, the future is very bright.