Arsenal are going to offer Emile Smith Rowe a new contract before the start of next season, as he approaches the final two years of his current deal.

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the FA Cup Third Round match on January 09, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail report that Arsenal will offer Smith Rowe a new deal ahead of next season, increasing his wages from around £15k-a-week to £40k. There is reportedly confidence that the 20-year-old will commit his long-term future to the club.

Smith Rowe’s current contract expires in 2023, so this summer is the perfect time to hand him a new one before things get tense. After two goals and five assists in just 610 minutes this season, it’s not hard to see why Arsenal would want him to stay.

The midfielder was catching the eye again at the weekend. His four chances created against Newcastle United meant that only Bruno Fernandes has made more from open play in the Premier League since Boxing Day. He also won Arsenal’s Man of the Match award.

Personally, I’m not too worried about contract talks with Smith Rowe. He’s shown a lot of loyalty to the club in the past, he seems to be happy on the pitch, and he’s an Arsenal fan at heart.

But that’s no reason to take advantage of him. When you have a player who loves the club and wants to help it be successful, you should be looking to keep them happy with a long contract at a fair wage. Thankfully, it seems that’s what Arsenal are proposing.