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Revealed: Tottenham wanted to snare Arsenal No.10 from their clutches

Emile Smith Rowe has revealed he rejected interest from Tottenham Hotspur a few years ago in order to pursue his dream of playing at Arsenal.

The 21-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a memorable nearly one year since making his Premier League debut last year, with his brilliant form leading to a first England call-up.

The player spent eight years in the Gunners’ youth ranks before breaking into the first-team at the Emirates Stadium, where the youngster has gone to make 58 appearances.

The talented playmaker may now be an established name at the Emirates, but it’d have been a different story had he sealed the switch to the other half of North London five seasons ago.

“Tottenham wanted me when I was 15 or 16 but, as an Arsenal fan, I was never interested. I joined Arsenal at 10 and I was determined to make the grade at my club.” he told The Guardian.

He also opened up on a failed trial at fellow London club Chelsea at the age of seven.

“I went in for about three or four weeks but, at the time, I was quite small, really skinny and just kept getting pushed off the ball,” Emile said.

“I wasn’t getting involved and touching the ball enough. That’s what it felt like, why I didn’t get in.”

He’ll be hoping to make his international debut when his country face Albania at Wembley on Friday evening.

21-year-old Englishman likened to former Arsenal midfielder

Martin Keown is already pointing at traits of Ray Parlour’s game in Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe.

The Gunners currently sit sixth in the Premier League standings, three points off the Champions League zone, and the Englishman has played a starring role this campaign.

The talented 21-year-old academy graduate has netted four goals across all competitions this but the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have made plenty of headlines for their showings.

Former Gunner Keown thinks Smith Rowe’s work ethic is reminiscent of ray, who won three PL titles with the north London giants.

‘Ray was a player that probably never got the credit he deserved,’ Martin told the Evening Standard

‘Ray didn’t stay out wide out all the time, he would tuck in, deep into midfield. I’ve seen Smith Rowe do that quite a few times.

‘It makes the team more complete, when you have the players that are looking to play with the ball and without.’

Meantime, William Saliba is allegedly determined to fight for the starting spot in the Arsenal team once his loan stint at Marseille comes to an end.

The latest report stated that the club were considering cashing in on him in 2022, but The Telegraph now states that the ace is desperate to prove his worth to manager Mikel Arteta.

William is reportedly set to begin English lessons ahead of his summer return and is also in touch with the rest of the Arsenal roster while he plies his trade in Marseille.

Arsenal took firm stance on not selling England youth star in summer

Mikel Arteta insists there was never any chance of playmaker Emile Smith Rowe signing for Aston Villa in the summer transfer window as Arsenal made it clear the player was not for sale.

The Villa identified the 21-year-old as one of their top targets at the summer transfer market and failed with two separate proposals for the Englishman.

Emile went on to put pen to paper on a lucrative five-year contract with his boyhood club and took over the iconic number 10 shirt, previously worn by the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie and Mesut Ozil.

The England youth international has gone on to start all but one of the Gunners’ eight matches in the Premier League this term, registering one goal and one assist.

Looking back on Dean Smith’s side’s determined pursuit of the youngster, the Spaniard told reporters:

‘Any club has the right to make an inquiry about a player and if they believe they have the financial power to get him, they are entitled to make a bid.

‘There was communication between clubs regarding Emile and we made it really clear he was not for sale.

‘I was never worried he could leave because he is a big part of our future and what we’re trying to do as a club.

‘He is really happy where he is and I’m delighted to have him in my team.’

Arsenal could be without No.10 midfielder against Norwich City

Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe is a doubt for his side’s crucial Premier League match versus Norwich on Saturday after the creative midfielder was forced to miss England U21’s European Championship qualifier versus Kosovo on Tuesday night due to illness.

It is said that the player’s absence is not linked to coronavirus, but with only four days to go until the game against the Canaries, the ace is facing a race against time to recover.

The 21-year-old Englishman was expected to start for new England manager Lee Carsley, but the former Everton star was forced to pick Chelsea loan star Conor Gallagher and Manchester United’s midfield talent James Garner in his absence.

Emile has played every minute of every match for Arsenal in their opening three Premier League games, in a season that is yet to get going following defeats to champions Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and newly-promoted Brentford.

In spite of Arsenal signing the Norway captain Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer from the La Liga giants Real Madrid this summer’s transfer market, it is understood that head coach Mikel Arteta still rates his player as one of the team’s key players.

Official: 20-year-old star puts pen to paper on Arsenal contract extension

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe has penned a new long-term deal with the Gunners and has been given the club’s No.10 shirt.

The 20-year-old Englishman was given his senior debut by Unai Emery three years ago but made a significant senior team breakthrough under manager Mikel Arteta last season.

Smith Rowe has drawn interest from Aston Villa this transfer window, with Arsenal turning down several bids, including a bid of £30 million, for the midfielder.

And the attacking midfielder has now ended speculation over his long-term future by committing to a fresh contract with the Gunners.

The playmaker, who wore No.32 last campaign, has also been handed Arsenal’s No.10 jersey which has been previously worn by Jack Wilshere, Robin Van Persie, Dennis Bergkamp and Mesut Ozil.

The club’s technical director Edu said: ‘This is another important step forward for us and we’re all delighted that Emile has signed a new long-term contract.

‘It’s great to see another young player develop through our academy system to become a key part of our first team.

‘Emile is a player who represents the future of the club and this is why we have given him the No 10 shirt.

‘We have trust in Emile and we know he has the potential to be a beautiful player for many years to come.’

Arsenal plan to retain services of 20-year-old midfielder

Arsenal are interested in keeping Aston Villa target Emile Smith Rowe and will offer the midfielder a new long-term deal this month.

The 20-year-old star has been the subject of two offers from Villa, which were both snubbed by the Gunners.

The first of around £25 million was instantly knocked back and while Dean Smith’s side were more hopeful over their second offer of £30 million, that too was turned down.

Villa are preparing a third proposal for the England U21 international and they remain convinced that Emile can be prised away from the Emirates, considering he only has two years to run on his current deal.

A third proposal of around £35 million could prove difficult to reject but the Daily Mail claim Arsenal have decided to keep Emile and will offer him a new long-term deal.

The youngster earns around £15,000 per week in north London and wants a salary that reflects his new-found status as a senior team player.

The Englishman made 33 appearances during a breakthrough season last term and feels he is befitting of a payrise.

Smith Rowe would surely get that at Villa Park and the youngster is believed to be ‘blown away’ by the level of the club’s interest in him.

Arsenal urged to keep hold of £16m-rated academy product

Nigel Winterburn says it’d be disastrous if Arsenal were to let playmaker Emile Smith Rowe leave the Emirates this summer.

The 20-year-old Englishman made a big impact after breaking into the club’s first team last December, impressing with a host of standout performances and registering two goals and four assists in 20 top-flight appearances.

Smith Rowe’s fine showings have clearly caught the attention of Dean Smith’s Aston Villa, who have made two offers for the Gunners academy product.

Although both of those bids have been rebuffed, Emile is a top transfer target for the Midlands outfit and the club’s interest appears unlikely to end there.

The midfield talent has two years left on his current deal at Arsenal, with an agreement yet to be reached on a fresh deal.

And former Arsenal defender Winterburn believes it is imperative that his old club keep hold of Smith Rowe.

‘If we were to let him go it would be a disaster, it would send out completely the wrong messages to our supporters,’ Nigel told Goal.

‘He’s a young player who’s had his breakthrough season, he’s been hugely impressive, and we cannot afford to let him go.

‘I do genuinely believe it would have such a negative impact on the club, we’ve got some good attacking young talent and to sell to another Premier League club would be a complete disaster.’

PL rivals expected to raise their offer for Arsenal star to £30m

Aston Villa are allegedly preparing an improved offer of £30m for Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe, after an opening £25m bid was rejected.

The West Midlands outfit registered their interest in the Englishman last week with a £25m proposal, but the Gunners snubbed the request, which has not fended off interest from Dean Smith’s side.

He is out of contract at the Emirates in June 2023 and the North Londoners are understood to be trying to agree to fresh terms with the ace, but the Villa are looking to use the lack of certainty over his future in their favour.

According to Football Insider, the Villa refuse to give up in their summer pursuit of the 20-year-old playmaker and hope that an improved £30m offer will persuade the Gunners to sell.

The 2020-21 season proved to be Smith Rowe’s breakthrough campaign for the Gunners as he netted seven goals and provided eight assists in 37 matches for Mikel Arteta’s side.

After graduating from the club’s academy, Emile has gone on to make 45 appearances for Arsenal, with all of his goals coming in the last season.

In other news, Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Guido Rodriguez has allegedly emerged as a top transfer target for the Gunners.

PL rivals expected to raise their offer for Arsenal starlet to £30m

Aston Villa are allegedly preparing an improved offer of £30m for Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe, after an opening £25m bid was rejected.

The West Midlands outfit registered their interest in the Englishman last week with a £25m proposal, but the Gunners snubbed the request, which has not fended off interest from Dean Smith’s side.

He is out of contract at the Emirates in June 2023 and the North Londoners are understood to be trying to agree to fresh terms with the ace, but the Villa are looking to use the lack of certainty over his future in their favour.

According to Football Insider, the Villa refuse to give up in their summer pursuit of the 20-year-old playmaker and hope that an improved £30m offer will persuade the Gunners to sell.

The 2020-21 season proved to be Smith Rowe’s breakthrough campaign for the Gunners as he netted seven goals and provided eight assists in 37 matches for Mikel Arteta’s side.

After graduating from the club’s academy, Emile has gone on to make 45 appearances for Arsenal, with all of his goals coming in the last season.

In other news, Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Guido Rodriguez has allegedly emerged as a top transfer target for the Gunners.

League rivals fail with £25m bid to sign Arsenal academy product

Aston Villa have had a £25 million offer for Emile Smith Rowe snubbed by Arsenal, with the Gunners reluctant to part with the midfielder.

The 20-year-old star enjoyed a fine breakthrough season at the Emirates, making 33 appearances across all competitions and scoring four goals.

However, Mikel Arteta is interested in signing a new playmaker this summer with Arsenal intent on signing Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard after his loan stint at the Emirates.

That could limit Emile’s chances of first-team football and the Englishman is at a stage of his career where he is keen to play regularly to aid his development.

Aston Villa beat the Gunners to Norwich star Emi Buendia but the Athletic report that Arsenal have turned down a £25 million bid for Smith Rowe.

The youngster has two years to run on his Arsenal deal and though the board want him to extend, he is yet to commit his future to his boyhood club.

The Villa, therefore, sniff an opportunity and can provide Emile with the greater chance of senior team football, with Dean Smith’s team set to pass up the chance to sign Chelsea-owned Ross Barkley on a permanent basis.

Arsenal are believed to have no intention of selling and value the homegrown status of Emile, who joined the London-based giants at the age of 10.