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Arteta gives definite verdict on Smith Rowe’s future at Arsenal

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The Gunners academy product is a subject of interest for Aston Villa, who are said to have submitted a sizable bid for him.

Emile Smith Rowe will “100 percent” stay at Arsenal, insists Mikel Arteta playing down talks of the player’s potential move away from the club.

Smith Rowe was on target in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Hibernian in their pre-season opener on Tuesday. Scoring after coming on at half-time, he was a silver lining in an otherwise disappointing outing for the club.

The 20-year-old enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season last time out and early signs show he is set for a similar one in 2021-21.

However, whether or not he will be at the Emirates the next season has been a subject of debate lately amid his links to Aston Villa. It has been reported Aston Villa have already made two offers for the English attacker.

“Without a question [I am determined to keep him],” Arteta said, via Daily Mail.

There have been talks Smith Rowe is close to putting pen to paper on new and improved terms which would see get tied to the club until 2026.

Asked whether the player would be at the club next season, Arteta responded: “He will stay here, 100 percent.

“No comment,” the Arsenal boss replied when asked specifically about the Aston Villa talks.