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Report: Arsenal's 'breath of fresh air' isn't close to signing a new contract; Romano claimed deal was imminent

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is not close to signing a new contract at the club, according to football.london.

The publication is claiming that the Croydon-born youngster isn’t on the verge of tying down his future despite reports stating otherwise.

Fabrizio Romano claimed the playmaker was close to signing a new deal, however, those claims have been shot down.

The Hale End academy product has two years left to run on his current contract. And the club’s executives team see his future as a top priority this summer.

Head of football Richard Garlick is in charge of negotiating new deals with first-team players and new signings.

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TBR View: Smith Rowe contract needs to herald a new era for Arsenal

Tying down one of your best young players to a new contract is common sense.

You’d think so, however, Arsenal haven’t always held this mantra. Young players have been leaving the Emirates Stadium like a revolving door.

The worst example of all, Serge Gnabry.

So young and talented, the Germany international was allowed to leave the club after a mixture of no opportunities and injury problems.

He’s since gone on to become one of the best young wingers in world football. The ultimate slap in the face for the Gunners.

So, it’s good to see the north London giants attempt to tie down Smith Rowe to a new deal.

The attacker has been a sensational addition to the first team since the start of the year.

He was labelled by England manager Gareth Southgate as a ‘breath of fresh air‘.

His impact on the side has been staggering with the ace contributing 11 goals. That comes despite the 20-year-old only making his season debut in the Premier League in the Boxing Day win over Chelsea.

Smith Rowe is one of the most talented players at Arsenal and tying him down to a new contract is necessary.

He has the ability to carry the club’s creativity for years to come.

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