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Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal hero about to sign new deal, but trio are 'expected' to leave Emirates

Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Emile Smith-Rowe is about to sign a new contract at Arsenal, a five-year deal that will last until June 2026. The Italian journalist claims talks have been ongoing since March and that only a few details remain to be sorted. Romano also named three ‘expected’ to leave.

Smith-Rowe, 20, has been a revelation at Arsenal this season. Breaking into the side largely during the second half of the campaign, he combined with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard to take the Gunners forward. He ended the season with 33 outings, scoring four and creating seven.

The England Under-21 star’s current contract is set to expire in 2023 but obviously, Arsenal will want to keep him longer than that. So, negotations have been ongoing since March and it now appears that the Gunners are closing in on extension. Romano states that a deal until 2026 is close.

Romano also gave an update on the futures of three other Arsenal players. Granit Xhaka is a target for Jose Mourinho’s Roma, while Matteo Guendouzi is close to joining Marseille. Willian could also go. Romano claims that all three are now ‘expected’ to leave Arsenal.

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Smith-Rowe has been sensational for the Gunners. Mesut Ozil’s departure – and the months leading up to it – infuriated Arsenal fans. But Smith-Rowe’s emergence has softened the exit of Ozil. He has been excellent for the Gunners, offering that vision and creativity in the final third.

But can Smith-Rowe take Arsenal back into the top six? With the right players around him, Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Odegaard and Thomas Partey, then Arsenal have every chance of qualifying for Europe next season. A new deal for Smith-Rowe is crucial, and a solid first step.

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