According to Football Transfers, Arsenal will now be willing to listen to offers for Emile Smith Rowe. The report suggests that Smith Rowe is now considered for sale, alongside the likes of Eddie Nkeitah. Smith Rowe is a homegrown player and loved by Arsenal fans. Hence, this report certainly wouldn’t please too many fans.
Moreover, the report further says this was a move that could have happened in the summer if Arsenal successful would’ve been successful in the pursuit of Ilkay Gundogan.
Sale of Smith Rowe makes a lot of sense for Arsenal
Emotion aside, a sale makes sense – Smith Rowe isn’t making progress and Arsenal aren’t benefiting from his quality.
Arsenal are said to be right on the brink of Financial Fair Play restrictions. This could hold back their transfer plans in January.
Emile Smith Rowe is a player that is now used rarely even when fit and his sale could make a lot of sense. Arsenal are expecting around £60 million for the talented youngster. That much amount would certainly help the Gunners a lot with their transfer budget.
Pundit says he doesn’t see Smith Rowe as a starter in the future
Pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor recently said: “Say January comes and Arsenal have to sell somebody, have to for Financial Fair Play to bring Toney in, who are you selling? I said Smith Rowe, but I know Arsenal fans love him, but is he going to be a starter in the future? I don’t see it.”
Some of the decision makers at Arsenal seem to have similar thoughts about the 23-year-old. Emile Smith Rowe is loved by the fans and probably even Arteta, but the club’s project seems to be moving beyond him.
Aston Villa are often linked with Smith Rowe. There’s little point preventing these players from achieving minutes elsewhere. However, the problem comes in the form of strengthening a rival. Arteta will certainly not want to strengthen a team Arsenal are competing with in January. It’s certainly a difficult situation to balance.
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