Arsenal are set to offer Emile Smith Rowe a ‘significant pay increase’ following the youngster’s starring role in the club’s recent upturn.
The 20-year-old has emerged as a key figure in the Arsenal side in recent weeks with the Gunners having enjoyed a notable upturn in results, compiling a six-game unbeaten run including five victories in all competitions.
Smith Rowe was handed his first start of the season for the 3-1 victory over Chelsea last month and has since provided three Premier League assists, in addition to scoring during the 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the FA Cup third round.
Arsenal are now preparing to reward the youngster with a new deal and secure his long-term future, with the Mail reporting that the Gunners will hand the midfielder a ‘significant pay increase’ to sign an extension.
The report references the improved contract handed to Bukayo Saka earlier this season and suggests that Smith Rowe can expect to be offered similar terms to his fellow academy graduate.
Smith Rowe has previously spent loan spells at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield before being handed his opportunity in the Arsenal side, impressing during the club’s Europa League campaign before being given his opportunity in the Premier League last month.
His performances have provided the Gunners with a much-needed injection of youthful energy and creativity and talks are now underway to secure his future at the Emirates with just two years remaining on his current contract.