Should Arsenal sell Emile Smith Rowe amid Fulham interest?

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is reportedly Fulham's No. 1 target this summer, but should the Gunners sell?
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Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has reportedly become Fulham's No. 1 transfer target this summer, but should the club sell?

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side came so close to clinching the Premier League title this past season, which makes this summer's transfer window even more important.

With the Gunners looking to add a new striker and potentially a midfield partner for Declan Rice, funds need to be acquired to do serious business. This brings me to Emile Smith Rowe, our Hale End star, who has seen his shine fade over the last 18 months.

The Telegraph's Mike McGrath reports that Fulham is keen on luring Smith Rowe this summer and has made him their No. 1 target.

Which brings me to the next point - should Arsenal sell?

While it has never been a strong suit of the club to get value for money with player sales, given that Smith Rowe is just 23 years old, he still has currency. But having only made 19 appearances in all competitions this year and didn't score once, perhaps Fulham see a potential bargain.

In truth, the Gunners could ask for a £20-30m to secure his services given that his contract doesn't run out until 2026, so Arsenal has the bargaining power here.

Fulham would offer the consistent game time Smith Rowe craves, but they couldn't offer Champions League football, but that might mean little to ESR who might simply want to play regular football.

Arsenal needs the money, and if it has a legitimate buyer in Fulham, then it makes sense for a conversation to at least be had. Smith Rowe hasn't been the player the club thought he would develop into, and while there is time on his side, if a decent offer comes in, he likely could be out the door.

It would be sad to see one of our own move on, but business is business, and securing £20-30m for a fringe player could help Arteta fortify his title-chasing team.