Arsenal see Emile Smith Rowe as part of their future and want to extend his contract, though they haven’t opened negotiations just yet.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their first goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 09, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Fabrizio Romano tells the Here We Go Podcast that Arsenal are happy with Emile Smith Rowe and intend to extend his contract in the coming months. Though they haven’t made any official proposals just yet, it seems to be just a matter of time.

“About Smith Rowe…they are working to extend his contract,” Fabrizio Romano said. “It’s not (at the stage of) negotiations or official proposal, but they are planning to keep Smith Rowe and to extend his contract in the coming months.

“For sure, they see Smith Rowe as part of the project for the future of Arsenal. They are so, so happy with him so they are planning to work on his contract.”

Romano isn’t the first to suggest Arsenal are planning to extend Smith Rowe’s deal this summer. The Daily Mail recently reported that the club would offer Smith Rowe a wage increase from around £15k-a-week to £40k.

The same outlet claimed there is confidence that the 20-year-old will commit his long-term future to the club. His current contract expires in 2023, so this summer is the perfect time to hand him a new one.

Smith Rowe has made 23 first-team appearances this season despite only receiving his first league start under Mikel Arteta on Boxing Day.

The midfielder has scored a couple of goals and assisted six, but he’s impressed even when not contributing to the goals. It’s no surprise Arsenal want to keep him around.