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Aston Villa: Journalist talks about club’s Smith Rowe chase

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Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has talked about Villa’s chase of Gunners midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.

The English midfielder recently signed a new deal with the Gunners and has also been given the number jersey by the Gunners. The new  contract for Smith Rowe came some weeks after Villa had made an offer to sign the midfielder.

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Watts talked about Villa’s links with a move for Smith Rowe when he appeared in the latest video on his YouTube channel. The journalist stated that there was never any chance that the midfielder was going to sign for Dean Smith’s men this summer.

He stated: “Arsenal announcing the news yesterday, which is fantastic news, puts an end to all the speculation – it was always only speculation, as I mentioned every time I spoke about it.

“There was never any chance that Emile Smith Rowe was going to be leaving Arsenal this summer. All those bids from Villa – fair play to Villa for trying, but they were never going to get him.”

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Villa made two offers in an attempt to sign Smith Rowe and it was stated that they were preparing a third offer as well, so missing out on him should be disappointing.

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As things stand, Villa don’t have a senior out-and-out option in the attacking midfield position. While Jacob can play there, he isn’t exactly a first-team regular at present, though that could change soon enough.

Smith Rowe could’ve filled that position well and considering his performances last season, which saw him net four times and assist on eight occasions, he could have been a good addition for the side. He is still pretty and could improve in the future, so this may be a blow for Villa having missed out.

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