Millwall and Luton Town are among the Championship sides pursuing a permanent deal for Arsenal’s Matt Smith this summer.

Matt Smith in training with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Matt Smith (L) in training with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal.com)

The S*n report that a host of Championship clubs are interested in Arsenal’s Matt Smith this summer, including Millwall and Luton Town.

Both Millwall and Luton are planning a permanent bid for the midfielder, who is currently out on tour with the Arsenal first team.

Smith has spent the last couple of seasons out on loan with various League One clubs. He joined Swindon Town at the start of 2020/21, then moved to Charlton Athletic that January, before spending the 2021/22 campaign with Doncaster Rovers.

The loan to Charlton wasn’t a huge success, but Smith was very much a regular in Swindon and Doncaster, racking up 84 appearances between the three teams in just two seasons.

Since returning to Arsenal, Smith has provided an assist in the Gunners’ opening pre-season fixture against Ipswich Town, and he was one of five youth players selected to travel to Germany with the senior side.

But at 21, the midfielder will probably feel that if he’s not playing for Arsenal, it may be a good time to move on.

Matt Smith with Swindon Town (Photo via Getty Images / Chloe Knott)
Matt Smith with Swindon Town (Photo via Getty Images / Chloe Knott)

Smith’s biggest strength is his passing range, and he has a particularly strong connection with Folarin Balogun. The pair won the u18 Premier League south together in 2018/19, with Balogun as the top scorer and Smith as the top assister.

He’s also a hard worker out of possession, giving him a niche in the deeper midfield roles.

It’s up to Millwall and Luton to firm up their interest with a formal offer now.

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