By Kevin Campbell

20th May, 2021 | 8:45pm

Campbell thrilled by Arsenal 'great news' after reliable journalist's Smith-Rowe update

Kevin Campbell is over the moon to hear Arsenal have offered Emile Smith Rowe a new five-year contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker compared the 20-year-old to Santi Cazorla for his “incredible” creative ability.

Smith Rowe has two years remaining on his current deal, having last put pen to paper in July 2018.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the club have offered the attacking midfielder a new five-year contract with “optimism” that an agreement can be reached soon.

A product of Arsenal’s academy, Smith Rowe has contributed four goals and seven assists in 31 appearances this season.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on the seemingly imminent new deal, Campbell said: “Great news.

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“Arsenal have had some incredible creative players and I think Smith Rowe is the next one. He is the new breed.

“One thing he is brilliant at is running with the ball. You don’t really get many players that can run with the ball at the top end of the pitch and go both left and right. He can play any of those position across the front so I think he is a pretty unique player.

“Obviously he has only had one season though and what we have seen is great flashes. Next season he needs to get stronger. I think he will go from strength to strength.

“We haven’t seen creativity like his at Arsenal since Santi Cazorla and of course you have to mention Ozil. Smith Rowe is a different type of player to Ozil. He can create a niche for himself.” 

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