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Unai Emery personally vetoed Emile Smith-Rowe loan exit

Unai Emery personally vetoed Emile Smith-Rowe loan exit…with youngster set to play a role with Arsenal’s first-team squad this season

  • Unai Emery personally vetoed plans to send Emile Smith-Rowe out on loan
  • Attacking midfielder Smith-Rowe impressed for the Gunners in pre-season 
  • Smith-Rowe is now likely to feature in cup competitions for Emery’s side
  • Fellow youngster Reiss Nelson is closing in on a loan move to Hoffenheim 

Arsenal boss Unai Emery personally vetoed plans to send Emile Smith-Rowe out on loan because he wants the teenager to stay with his first-team squad.

Attacking midfielder Smith-Rowe impressed in pre-season, scoring against Atletico Madrid before signing a new long-term contract with the Premier League club.

Reiss Nelson, 18, will sign for German side Hoffenheim before the loan window shuts tonight while sources yesterday said other youngsters are also in line to leave today.

Unai Emery personally vetoed plans to send Emile Smith-Rowe (front) out on loan

Attacking midfielder Smith-Rowe (left) impressed for the Gunners during pre-season

Attacking midfielder Smith-Rowe (left) impressed for the Gunners during pre-season

Smith-Rowe is now likely to feature in cup competitions for Unai Emery's side

Smith-Rowe is now likely to feature in cup competitions for Unai Emery’s side

Smith-Rowe had several loan options, both in the Championship and abroad, but Emery ruled out his exit last week. 

The new coach told his loan department he wants the youngster available for him this season.

The 18-year-old has not yet been included in any of Emery’s three Premier League squads but will be handed opportunities in the Europa League and cup competitions.

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