Arsenal news: Smith Rowe given Mount comparison as surprise defensive transfer target revealed


Here is your morning Arsenal digest on Thursday, August 31.

Smith Rowe claim

Arsenal icon David Seaman has admitted it would hurt to see Emile Smith Rowe join Chelsea if the Gunners were to sanction a transfer before Friday night's deadline.

"That would hurt for me, because him and [Bukayo] Saka, they’re one of our own and all of that sort of stuff," Seaman said on his podcast when discussing the prospect of Smith Rowe playing for the Blues. "And that’s why, for me, even when [Mason] Mount went to Man United, I felt like that was like ‘woah, that’s a big part of your team that’s gone.’

"And I think that would be the same for Smith Rowe [at Arsenal]. I would be very surprised if he went to Chelsea, really surprised. I don’t want it to happen, if I’m honest."

Havertz defence

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has criticised Arsenal fans for their treatment of Kai Havertz in recent days.

Speaking on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “You guys (Arsenal fans) are all over the place. With Havertz, I understand that he might not have hit the ground running, bit like Mason Mount at Man United.

"But the way that you guys are absolutely like: ‘get him out’, I don’t get it. If it was 10, 15 games, do you know what, I could see what they’re saying.

"But it’s three games you know. People need time to adjust.”

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Bah interest

Arsenal are interested in signing Benfica fullback Alexander Bah, according to Danish outlet Tipsbladet.

It is claimed that several Premier League sides, including the Gunners, are keen on the 25-year-old, who is said to be valued by the Portuguese giants at around €30million-€35million (£26million-£30million).

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