Arteta wouldn’t sell Smith Rowe as ace is out to show Villa what they’re missing

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Emily Smith Roe is out to show Aston Villa exactly what she missed at the Emirates tonight.

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Arsenal’s exciting young playwright was the subject of two unsuccessful bids from Villa boss Dean Smith over the summer.

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Mikel Arteta admits Emil Smith was ‘in communication’ with Aston Villa on the row but there was never a chance Arsenal would sell the midfieldercredit: getty
England Under-21 winger Emil Smith Rowe is in fine form as the Gunners make their slow start to the Premier League season

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England Under-21 winger Emil Smith Rowe is in fine form as the Gunners make their slow start to the Premier League seasoncredit: getty

And Mikel Arteta insists there was no chance of him selling the jewel in the Gunners Crown, who is now committed to a five-year contract.

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Arteta admitted he was surprised when Villa came up with a £25million offer for 21-year-old Smith Rowe in July.

And he was positively stunned when he returned from Norwich with a better £30m bid despite defeating the Gunners to £38m Amy Bandia.

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The Gunners boss said: “Any club has the right to inquire about a player and if they feel they have the financial power to get him, they are entitled to bid.

“There was communication between the clubs regarding Emil and we made it very clear that he was not for sale.

“I was never worried that he might leave because he is a big part of our future and what we are trying to do as a club.

“He’s really happy where he is and I’m happy to have him on my team.”

Yet Spain’s Arteta was impressed in an attempt to woo one of England’s brightest young talents from Villa’s Cozon.

And he admitted: “Certainly they are showing the right ambition to take the club to a different level.

“I really like Dean Smith, first of all as a person and also because everything I’ve heard from him is very positive.

“He is building a team and a club with different ambitions and he is credited – and the owners – for taking the time and credit to do the same.

“He is doing a really good job and it will definitely be a tough game, as we haven’t got the desired results against him recently.

“We’ve seen how they’ve improved their team over the past few seasons and the way they’ve played, and we know what kind of games we have to beat.”

“I was never worried that he might leave because he is a big part of our future and what we are trying to do as a club.”

Mikel Arteta on Emil Smith Rowe

Arteta is unhappy that Arsenal are forced to play Monday and Friday nights this week due to the TV schedule.

He added: “I hope this does not affect our preparation time.

“It is very strange to be asked to play these days when we have no European football and it is difficult to even understand.

“We can give our opinion but in the end we have no say on these matters.”

And he was also unhappy that his team suffered a loss after taking an early lead against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

They eventually needed a 95th minute draw from deputy Alexandre Lacazette to save a 2-2 draw and warned they could not make the same mistakes this evening.

Arteta said: “After hitting the level of what we performed in the first half of the Palace game, we needed to go for the second goal and play with the same fluidity.

“It’s not about taking more risks, it’s about continuing to do things that are working and on Monday we stopped doing that.”

Manager Mikel Arteta surprised by Arsenal playing on Monday and Friday

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Manager Mikel Arteta surprised by Arsenal playing on Monday and Fridaycredit: getty

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