Aston Villa in negotiation to sign Arsenal midfielder

Latest Aston Villa news from BirminghamLive amid claims that the Villans are interested in Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe is said to be “considering” his future at Arsenal amid links with Aston Villa.

The Gunners midfielder has struggled for minutes in Mikel Arteta’s team this season. He has made just four appearances so far in 2023/24, with Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Brentford his only start.

And the 23-year-old will now consider his future at the club if his playing time does not increase before the January transfer window according to claims by 90min. Smith Rowe has been previously linked with a move to Villa as well as Newcastle with the report claiming that both clubs as well as Brighton are “keeping tabs on the situation.”

Smith Rowe allegedly “has ambitions” to play for England in the upcoming European Championship and is “desperate” for first-team opportunity, according to the source.

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Speaking to The Times about last season, he addressed his plans for the future in June by saying: “I just want to be on the pitch. This was the hardest season of my career.

“It was tough [not playing], but we were in a title race and I understand the manager isn’t going to change the team if we’re winning every game. I just tried to stay positive and train as well as I could. The other players and Mikel [Arteta] were great with me, kept me feeling connected. But it was tough, a long season. I won’t lie

“Arsenal are my club and I’m not going to give up until [Arteta] says he doesn’t want me. But that’s not the case. He wants me as part of the team and I want to fight for my place and get back in the team.

“I think with the team we’ve got, it’s definitely possible [to win the Premier League ]. This season, it just got nicked at the end and you can’t really argue with Man City, but knowing we managed to go so far in the season top of the league shows the character and belief we have as a young team.

“I think this year was just the start for us and next season we can do even better.”

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