Arsenal transfer news: Emile Smith Rowe set to join RB Leipzig on loan until end of season

Exclusive: The Gunners starlet is currently on his way to Germany to complete a medical at the Bundesliga club

Tom Kershaw
Wednesday 30 January 2019 19:18
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Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe is set to join RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season, subject to passing a medical.

The Independent understands that the midfielder is currently on a flight to Germany with terms already agreed between the two clubs.

The 18-year-old has been assured first team action by Leipzig and Unai Emery and Arsenal have given their full blessing to Smith Rowe, who is seen as a long-term star at the club.

Leipzig, who are currently fourth in the Bundesliga, have long held an interest in Smith Rowe but any decision to allow the teenager to leave was subject to Arsenal confirming the signing of Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona.

Arsenal plan to add another loan signing before the end of the transfer window meaning playing opportunities for Smith Rowe would have been limited in the second half of the season.

The England U17 World Cup winner has impressed since breaking into the Arsenal squad this season, scoring three times in six appearances, but hasn’t featured since late November after suffering a hip injury.

Smith Rowe joins fellow Arsenal midfielder Reiss Nelson in Germany, who has excelled since joining Hoffenheim on a season-long loan.

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