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Ian Wright reacts as Aston Villa reportedly make move to sign Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe

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According to The Athletic, Arsenal have just turned down an audacious £25 million bid from Aston Villa for Emile Smith Rowe.

Yep, you read that right. Little Villa who were battling relegation not too long ago have suddenly started making bold moves.

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Dean Smith’s side reportedly got one over us when they signed Emiliano Buendia from Norwich a few weeks ago. Some reports claim that they beat us to his signature, while others say that Arsenal were never really serious with their interest.

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Either way, they got the bragging rights then, but trying to sign one of our best players now is just a bit too bold in our eyes.

David Ornstein reveals in his report that the Gunners rejected the offer immediately and are working hard to tie him down to a new deal. There’s absolutely no way Arsenal will even consider selling Smith Rowe this summer – to Villa or anyone else.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright was just as shocked as us with the report. Here’s how he reacted on Twitter.

Aston Villa bid should act as wake up call for Arsenal regarding Emile Smith Rowe

Smith Rowe, labelled as ‘exceptional’ by Jamie Redknapp, has been absolutely outstanding since Boxing Day. Multiple reports claimed just a few months into 2021 that Arsenal are planning on extending his contract, but sadly, it hasn’t happened yet.

That has opened the door for clubs like Aston Villa to audaciously attempt to sign our youngster, who in many people’s eyes was our best player in the second half of last season.

This has to act as a huge wake-up call for Arsenal. It was little Villa today but it could be Manchester City or Liverpool tomorrow. Edu and Mikel Arteta cannot play around anymore, they have to get this deal wrapped up ASAP.

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