We refused to sell Smith Roe to Aston Villa


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that his club did not want to sell young English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe to Aston Villa during the last summer transfer window.

Arteta’s comments came in response to media reports that Aston Villa sought to sign 20-year-old Smith Row after the end of last season, and the London club rejected two offers from Villa.

Last July, the young player put an end to all speculation and expectations surrounding his future when he was linked to a long-term contract with Arsenal.

Smith Rowe graduated from Arsenal’s academy after joining the club at the age of nine and became part of coach Arteta’s starting lineup last season, scoring three goals in 30 league games as well as contributing to five scoring opportunities.

“After the contacts between the two clubs, we have made it clear that Emil is not for sale. Because he is an important part of our future plan, he is happy where he is and I am very happy to have him with us,” Arteta told reporters ahead of his team’s game at home to Aston Villa later on Friday.

Arsenal occupies 12th place among the English Premier League teams with 11 points from eight matches, and one point ahead of Aston Villa, which is directly behind it.


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