Emile Smith Rowe: Arsenal reject bid from Aston Villa for forward

Emile Smith Rowe made 37 appearances under Mikel Arteta during the 2020/21 season and has become a key player for his boyhood club since breaking into the first team; the Gunners will not be entertaining bids for the 20-year-old attacker this summer

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Arsenal have rejected a bid from Aston Villa for Emile Smith Rowe, and the North London club remain hopeful the player will sign a new deal at The Emirates.

Arsenal have rejected a bid from Aston Villa for forward Emile Smith Rowe.

The Gunners are not entertaining offers for the player and remain hopeful he will sign a new contract. Smith Rowe's current deal runs until the summer of 2023.

The academy product impressed during the 2020/21 campaign, scoring seven times and making seven assists in 37 appearances in all competitions.

Smith Rowe has enjoyed loan spells at Huddersfield and RB Leipzig but has shone since breaking through into the Arsenal first team under Mikel Arteta last year.

The 20-year-old helped the Gunners to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League this season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are keen on signing Mat Ryan on a permanent deal after he spent the second half of this season on loan at the Emirates Stadium.

The goalkeeper's contract at Brighton expires next summer and he is expected to leave the Seagulls during the current transfer window.

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