Huddersfield Town owner Phil Hodgkinson says that he tried to bring in Emile Smith-Rowe from Arsenal this summer, in his comments to the Examiner Live.
Emile joined Huddersfield on loan from Arsenal last campaing, and he impressed in the second half of the season.
The attacking midfielder was an important player for them, with his creativity coming to the fore in the second division.
Huddersfield wanted to have Emile back with them this season, but they were knocked back as manager Mikel Arteta wanted to keep the talent around.
“We did enquire about some without a shadow of a doubt. We’d already made it clear to Arsenal before the end of the season that if Emile Smith Rowe was available we wanted him but they wanted him in their first-team squad,” Phil said.
“It’s a very very different market at the moment. That may change in January and we’ll continue to look at that, and as always if it’s the right player and the right deal then we’ll absolutely consider it.”
If Huddersfield do try again for him in January, they may have more luck. In spite of Arteta’s desire to keep him around, he has not used him at all in Arsenal’s first-team this term.
The likes of Joe Willock and Willian have been favoured in attacking midfield positions for the Gunners, with the midfielder not really getting a look in.
That may not be great for his development, and Arsenal may well look to ship the player out on loan at the next opportunity unless he breaks into the first-team between now and the year now.