It will be interesting to watch Arsenal rebuild this summer as there will be hopes to learn lessons from the past.
It always seems like they manage to force underperforming players into huge financial contracts of a few years, while their better players are always nearing the end of their deals and this leaves them in an impossible situation.
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There are signs the situation is changing as Volareen Balogon agreed to a new deal earlier in the year, and it now looks like they are on the verge of tying up Emile Smith Roe for at least five years as well:
Arsenal has been working since March to extend Emile Smith Roe’s contract, and there is “optimism” for the deal to be completed soon. The player is happy and open to survival – holding five years at the table. ??? #AFC #Arsenal https://t.co/0oLWSdBGFP
FabrizioRomano May 13, 2021
Smith Row was one of the bright spots of a very tough season for Arsenal fans, but his introduction to the team at the end of last year coincided with a shape shift that pushed them away from a potential relegation battle.
He is popular with fans and building around a young talent from the academy will always generate more goodwill from fans as well, so I hope he can build on this next year as he becomes a major player for years to come.