By Kevin Campbell

13th Jul, 2021 | 7:30pm

Campbell thrilled by 'massive' update on Smith Rowe's Arsenal future

Kevin Campbell is over the moon to hear Arsenal are “confident” Emile Smith Rowe will sign a new long-term contract.

However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker suggested guarantees over game could be at the centre of the ongoing negotiations.

Smith Rowe has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates.

Aston Villa have tried to test Arsenal’s resolve with bids of £25million and £30million while an improved bid is expected imminently.

According to Football.London‘s Chris Wheatley (13th July), the club are confident the attacking midfielder will pen a new deal even though he is yet to settle on a squad number for the upcoming season.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his reaction to the update, Campbell said:

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“To get the Croydon De Bruyne on a new deal would be massive.

“Listen though, I will only be relieved when he puts that pen to paper. We know Aston Villa have been coveting him from a great height.

“At the end of the day he has come through the ranks with us. He is an Arsenal boy through and through.

“I know Arteta rates him very highly but perhaps he wants guarantees over his game time next season. Aston Villa’s pursuit of him gives him maybe a little bit more leverage.

“This is a deal that Arsenal have to get done and the sooner it is done the better.”

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