Arsenal reportedly have no interest whatsoever in selling Emile Smith Rowe after they rejected a £25m offer for the attacking midfielder from Aston Villa.
The 20-year-old England U21 international, who has had loan spells at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield, enjoyed an impressive breakout campaign with the Gunners last season, making 33 appearances in all competitions and scoring four times.
Yet despite his importance to Arsenal Villa clearly felt the club may be tempted to sell, and made an ambitious bid for the player on Wednesday.
This was immediately turned down, however, and according to The Athletic they see Smith Rowe as a huge part of the team going forward.
The publication also claim that Arsenal are currently in the process of agreeing a five-year contract extension with the youngster, with his current deal set to expire in 2023.
And it appears as though there is no chance that Smith Rowe will be moving on to pastures new anytime soon.
One man who will clearly be delighted with this news is Arsenal’s former forward Kevin Campbell, who recently went as far as to compare Smith Rowe to the Gunners’ former Spanish playmaker Sani Cazorla.
Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell said: “Arsenal have had some incredible creative players and I think Smith Rowe is the next one. He is the new breed.
“One thing he is brilliant at is running with the ball. You don’t really get many players that can run with the ball at the top end of the pitch and go both left and right. He can play any of those position across the front so I think he is a pretty unique player.
“Obviously he has only had one season though and what we have seen is great flashes. Next season he needs to get stronger. I think he will go from strength to strength.
“We haven’t seen creativity like his at Arsenal since Santi Cazorla and of course you have to mention Ozil. Smith Rowe is a different type of player to Ozil. He can create a niche for himself.”
Villa, meanwhile, have already completed the signing of Emi Buendia from Norwich, and clearly mean business in this transfer window.
The attempt to sign Smith Rowe was perhaps slightly overambitious, but it appears they are more than prepared to open their wallet before the start of the new season.