Aston Villa shocked the world a few weeks ago by tabling a bid for Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe. The Gunners laughed it off, but Dean Smith’s side came back in with another offer to sign the talented Englishman.
Arsenal, predictably, rejected that as well and made it clear that Smith Rowe is not for sale. That, however, hasn’t deterred Villa, who are reportedly preparing a third bid to test Edu’s resolve.
The Daily Mail revealed yesterday that Villa, after their failed £25 million and £30 million bids, will come back in with a bigger offer soon. Their ambitious owners are reportedly determined to improve their squad with quality players, and Smith Rowe is viewed as a top-class option.
However, there’s absolutely no way this move will happen. There’s no way Arsenal will sell Smith Rowe and there’s no way the Englishman will switch the mighty Gunners for Villa, especially after what he said back in October last year.
Villa target Emile Smith Rowe: I can see myself being a one-club man
Speaking to Arsenal’s official matchday programme before our game against Dundalk in the Europa League last October, Smith Rowe expressed his love for the club. He spoke about his dream of becoming an Arsenal legend and admitted that he would be open to staying at the Emirates for the rest of his career.
He said: “As an Arsenal fan, it would be a dream to become an Arsenal legend if I’m honest.
“I want to win trophies with the team because I can’t express how much love I have for the club. I’ve been a fan from a very young age, so it would definitely be an honour to be a legend here. I could see myself being a one-club man if everything works out.”
Aston Villa are just wasting everyone’s time
As his comments show, Smith Rowe is Arsenal through and through. He has been a Gooner most of his life and nothing can ever change his love for the club. He clearly wants to stay and develop at the Emirates, and Aston Villa’s bids are just a waste of everyone’s time.
The youngster still has two years left on his contract and Arsenal are desperate to tie him down to a long-term deal. Welcoming interest from Villa may just be his agent’s way of getting Smith Rowe a better offer from Edu, and that could potentially work.
However, the one thing that will certainly not work is Villa’s third bid. Arsenal will reject that offer, just like the first two, and if things go well in the coming days, Smith Rowe will commit his long-term future to the club he loves as well.