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Gunners turn down Emile Smith-Rowe approaches

Arsenal have turned down approaches from both Newcastle United and West Ham to sign Emile Smith-Rowe on loan for the rest of the season.

The England international has become something of a peripheral figure at the Emirates, confined largely to appearances from the bench when fit. His appearance as a substitute against Crystal Palace earned him more minutes than he played in the whole of December.

Despite that, Mikel Arteta insists that the academy graduate will have a key role to play in the seond half of the campaign, and the club are not prepared to countenance letting him go at this stage.

The 23 year old is under contract until 2026 so the club have no pressing need to sell a player who remains a favourite with the fan base.

However, it is difficult to envisage a situation where they would not entertain serious offers for him in the summer.

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