Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Arsenal are offering Emile Smith-Rowe a new deal in a bid to prevent a repeat of the Folarin Balogun scenario.
The Gunners are about to offer a new deal to their midfielder, although Balogun has yet to sign a new deal himself and looks to be on his way out of the club.
“Arsenal do not want to make the same mistake with Smith-Rowe as with Balogun. They want him to be happy with his salary and contract so they’re going to open the discussions with him,” Romano said on his Here We Go Podcast.
“For sure, there is plans to talk about a contract for Smith-Rowe.”
Smith-Rowe has been in superb form of late after seizing his chance under Mikel Arteta. Along with Bukayo Saka, the youngster is leading from the front in driving the Gunners up the Premier League table.
The Arsenal man is set to enter the final two years of his contract this summer. But the Daily Mail claims a new deal worth around £40k-a-week is on the table for Smith-Rowe to sign.
TBR View: Smart move from Arsenal this, they need to tie this up
As discussed on the podcast, Arsenal can simply not afford to let another young player run his contract down, even if it is a few years down the line.
Of course, Smith-Rowe has done more than Balogun but the Gunners need to be on top of these things. And his form deserves that new contract too, above all else.
Hopefully the youngster’s love for the club will make this a simple negotiation for the Gunners.