Mikel Arteta provides firm update on future of Emile Smith Rowe

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said he is ‘100%’ certain that Emile Smith Rowe will not leave the club this summer, despite multiple bids for the young attacker from an ambitious Aston Villa.

Villa have already had £25m and £30m offers for Smith Rowe rejected by the Gunners and there had been talk of an improved third bid for the impressive 20-year-old, who enjoyed a breakout season in Arsenal’s first-team in 2020/21 and is set for a key role in 2021/22.

It was reported earlier this month that a new and improved five-year contract reflecting his new-found first-team status is likely for Smith Rowe and Arteta has now underpinned the belief that the player will be staying at the club.

“Without a question [I am determined to keep him]. He will stay here, 100 per cent,” the boss is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail after Smith Rowe scored in Arsenal’s first pre-season game.

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