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Villa ready to revive Smith-Rowe interest

Aston Villa are ready to revive their interest in signing Arsenal attacking midfielder Emile-Smith Rowe this summer.

The Midlands club tried to sign him two years ago, when Dean Smith was still manager of the club, but at that time he opted to stay with the Gunners and signed a new contract with them.

However, the England international has endured a difficult season at the Emirates, with injury limiting his availability initially, and, then, when he was fit again, he found himself unable to force his way back into the first-team.

Aston Villa are now managed by Unai Emery, who worked with the player when they were both at Arsenal together, and is said to be a big admirer of his.

An academy graduate, Smith-Rowe has been with the Gunners since the age of ten, and has played 93 games for them in all competitions scoring 18 goals.

He is under contract at the Emirates until 2026, so the North London club are not under any pressure to sell him.

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