Arsenal fans won't like who Ason Villa are chasing this summer

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Aston Villa are poised to reignite their interest in Arsenal's talented midfielder Emile Smith Rowe this summer. Villa's previous attempts to lure the 23-year-old away from the Emirates were rebuffed, but Smith Rowe's frustrating lack of playing time could open the door for a successful transfer this time around.

Once a rising star at Arsenal, Smith Rowe enjoyed a breakout 2021/22 season with 33 Premier League appearances. His commitment to the club seemed solid, as he inked a long-term extension in July 2021.

However, injuries and fierce competition have sidelined the attacking midfielder, limiting him to a mere eight league ag appearances this season.

As Arsenal chase Champions League glory, manager Mikel Arteta has relied on other players, leaving Smith Rowe struggling for minutes.

Aston Villa, led by manager Unai Emery, are always looking to strengthen their squad. They recognize Smith Rowe's frustration at Arsenal and are keen to capitalize.

The Midlands club sees this as the perfect moment to swoop in and potentially convince the Gunners to part ways with their young talent. Emery's ambition and Villa's recent transfer activity demonstrate their desire to bring exciting English players to the club.

Arsenal's initial valuation of Smith Rowe may have been lofty, but his decreased role could influence their willingness to negotiate. The Gunners are always in the market to bolster their own squad, and a substantial offer from Villa could provide the funds Arteta needs to target his own transfer priorities.

This summer could be a turning point for Smith Rowe. Will he stay and try to reclaim his place at Arsenal, or will the enticing prospect of regular football at Aston Villa prove too alluring?