Arsenal have rebuffed an approach from Monaco to sign Emile Smith Rowe, with Mikel Arteta keen to work with the young midfielder next season.
Smith Rowe, 20, made his first-team debut for the Gunners in 2018, having spent almost a decade in the club’s academy.
The attacking midfielder was sent on loan to RB Leipzig during the 2018-19 campaign and to Championship club Huddersfield Town last season.
Despite his limited experience, Smith Rowe has attracted attention from French giants Monaco, with their sporting director Paul Mitchell said to be a huge admirer.
According to the Daily Mail, Monaco have contacted Arsenal about a possible transfer deal for Smith Rowe but were quickly rebuffed, with the Gunners currently unwilling to lose the player.
While Arsenal are reluctant to sell Smith Rowe, they could still loan him out for the 2020-21 season, with Crystal Palace, Fulham and Leeds United said to be keen.
Speaking last month, Gunners boss Arteta hinted at a first-team role for Smith Rowe this season.
‘He’s a player with very specific qualities to play in those pockets in that position as an attacking midfielder,’ Arteta said of Smith Rowe.
‘I am excited to work with him. I have been talking with him and I have followed him during his spell on loan.
‘I think he’s someone who can be pretty impressive. I’m pleased by what I’ve seen from him.