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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Maitland-Niles ‘AGREES’ Roma move, Vlahovic battle, Coutinho UPDATE

ASHLEY MAITLAND-NILES has agreed to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma on loan, according to reports.

Club sporting director Tiago Pinto is claimed to favour an initial six-month loan deal, with the option of making it a permanent transfer.

A four-year contract has been touted, although negotiations for a future permanent fee are yet to progress

Meanwhile, boss Mikel Arteta has compared Arsenal’s young generation to the one he came through with at Barcelona’s iconic La Masia academy.

The Spanish manager came through at Barcelona alongside Carles Puyol and Andres Iniesta.

Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, Charlie Patino and Emile Smith Rowe are all Arsenal starlets that have made waves this season.

The Gunners are also looking to sign Fiorentina’s Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic, 21, according to reports with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang heading for the Emirates exit.


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  • Maitland-Niles joining Roma on loan

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles is reportedly on the verge of a loan move to Roma.

    Di Marizo claims the Arsenal outcast will team up with Jose Mourinho next month on a temporary basis.

    However, Roma are then likely to make the deal permanent next summer.

    And Maitland-Niles will become their third English ace after Tammy Abraham and Chris Smalling.

  • Arsenal verdict after Norwich win

    Kieran Tierney enhanced his credentials to become the next Arsenal captain with a mature performance at Carrow Road.

    The fans already love him and Tierney would be the ideal man to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Mikel Arteta’s new skipper.


  • Saka ‘stamp’ leaves fans fuming

    Norwich fans were left fuming after Bukayo Saka escaped punishment for what was perceived as a deliberate ‘stamp’ in their game against Arsenal.

    It all happened in the 52nd minute, when the England international, 20, was involved in an incident with on-loan Manchester United defender Brandon Williams.

    But VAR and the officials deemed that Saka unintentionally landed his studs on the full-back’s thigh and ruled it wasn’t worth a look.

    One fan raged: “Var is so obviously corrupt. Clear stamp by saka and mclean clearly pulled back”.

    Another added: “Absolutely disgraceful stamp from Saka on Brandon Williams. Can’t believe that’s not been reviewed for a red card. The boy is out of control.”

  • Arsenal player ratings vs Norwich

    Bukayo Saka produced a Boxing Day masterclass as he dismantled Norwich with two goals.

    Meanwhile, Martin Odegaard showed he can be Arsenal’s main man in midfield with a fine playmaker’s display.


  • FT – Norwich 0 Arsenal 5

    A brilliant display of goalscoring saw the Gunners cruise to victory at Carrow Road.

    Bukayo Saka scored twice in the rout against Norwich, with Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe also on target.


  • 70′ – Norwich 0 Arsenal 3

    The Gunners are clear at Carrow Road after bagging a third goal.

    And it’s from none other than Bukayo Saka, who netted his second of the game in the 67th minute.


  • HT – Norwich 0 Arsenal 2

    The Gunners did indeed double their lead before the break.

    Kieran Tierney pounced in the 44th minute to give his side a resounding lead.

    And as things stand, Arsenal are just three points off third-place Chelsea.

  • 30′ – Norwich 0 Arsenal 1

    Half an hour gone at Carrow Road and Arsenal lead 1-0 thanks to a 6th minute strike from Bukayo Saka.

    Can the Gunners double their lead before the break?


  • Arsenal are in the house

    The Gunners have arrived at Carrow Road ahead of their clash with Norwich at 3pm.

    Stay right across the action on SunSport.

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  • Arsenal trio test positive for Covid

    The Gunners have confirmed that a further three players have tested positive for Covid-19 and are missing from today’s team.

    Mikel Arteta was already without Albert Sambi Lokonga, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers after their tested positive.

    And they have been joined by Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    The their absence, Ben White fills in at right-back, with Ron Holding in at centre-half.

  • Norwich City XI vs Arsenal

    Dean Smith has named his starting XI for this afternoon’s clash with Arsenal.

    Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour starts, while Man United ace Brandon Williams is at left-back.

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  • Arsenal XI vs Norwich announced

    Mikel Arteta appears to have named Ben White at right-back for this afternoon’s match, with Takehiro Tomiyasu absent from the matchday squad.

    There’s also no place for Emile Smith Rowe in the starting XI, with the attacking midfielder left on the bench yet again.

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  • Man Utd in for ex-Arsenal ace

    Emi Martinez is reportedly on Manchester United’s list of potential goalkeeping targets.

    The Argentina international, 29, has shone for Aston Villa ever since joining them from Arsenal in September 2020.

    And his consistent displays have caught the eye of the Red Devils.

    The Daily Star claims United have ‘watched him closely’ several times and believe that he could be a future No1 at Old Trafford.

  • Arsenal target in superb form

    Gunners target Dusan Vlahovic has been in sensational form this season for Fiorentina.

    Feast your eyes over his incredible stats, ahead of what is set to be a fascinating January window.

  • Gunners boss eyeing top four

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is determined to make additions to his squad in the January transfer window.

    The Gunners spent big last summer with £50million Ben White and £30m Aaron Ramsdale arriving.

    Arsenal spent £150m in total with Nuno Tavares, Martin Odegaard, Sambi Lokonga and Takehiro Tomiyasu also coming in.

    And although the newcomers have helped Arsenal into fourth Arteta is not completely happy with his squad, according to The Express.

    He said: “If you can tweak what you need to in that period, which is not easy, it would be really helpful.

    “We are working on that to see the necessities we can have and whether we can find the right solutions.”

  • Gabriel backs namesake to shine

    Gunners defender Gabriel Magalhaes reckons there is even more to come from in-form Brazilian compatriot Gabriel Martinelli.

    He told Sky Sports: “He has many great traits in a player.

    “I’m sure it’s just the beginning and he will make many Arsenal fans happy.

    “And he will make us happy as well.”

  • Pundit on potential Arsenal target

    The Gunners should target Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong if the LaLiga giants want to make a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to former star Kevin Campbell.

    He told Football Insider: “I would like De Jong, if you don’t mind. I would love to see him at Arsenal.

    “I cannot see them moving him on because he has been phenomenal for them, he really has.

    “He is the one player who really fit into Mikel Arteta’s squad. He would fit in effortlessly. I think he’d be brilliant beside Thomas Partey.

    “Would they want to do that deal? Barca want another striker now [Sergio] Aguero has retired. There is room for Aubameyang.

    “Listen, at the end of the day, if they want to do business and Aubameyang wants to go – do the business. Create some room on that wage bill.”

  • Serie A hot property tracked

    Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic may price himself out of a Premier League move with the striker reportedly demanding £200,000-a-week.

    The Serbian is being tracked by the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea after netting 18 goals in 22 games this term.

    But according to the Daily Star, the 21-year-old may price himself out of a big money January move after demanding a huge £200k-a-week contract AFTER TAX.

    Fiorentina are only willing to part ways with the striker for £70million too.

    Although in a boost to Vlahovic’s potential buyers, Manchester City have already ruled out a potential move.

  • Feliz Navidad to all Gooners

    Feeling good after yesterday, Gooners?

    Emile Smith Rowe appeared to have a fun Christmas!

    But will the England international be back in the starting XI this afternoon against Norwich?

    We’ll have all the action here on SunSport.

  • Fond Gunners memories vs Norwich

    Ahead of today’s clash with the Canaries, feast your eyes on this classic Jack Wilshere effort!

    Could any of Mikel Arteta’s current crop conjure anything even half as good today?

  • Our Gunners line-up vs Norwich

    Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe could force their way into Mikel Arteta’s starting XI this afternoon after enjoying fantastic starts to the season.

    Both Hale End academy products started Arsenal’s last game against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.

    Nketiah scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 win to book the Gunners’ place in the semi-finals.

    And Smith Rowe had a fine game alongside Martin Odegaard in the midfield.

    Here’s how SunSport’s Josh Mbu thinks Arteta will line up his men at Carrow Road.

  • Arsenal team news vs Norwich

    The Gunners travel to Carrow Road this afternoon looking to keep up their momentum in the Premier League.

    Boss Mikel Arteta will have to do without four members of his first-team squad.

    Albert Sambi Lokonga, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are all sidelined by Covid-19.

    While Sead Kolasinac has an ankle problem.

    For Norwich, meanwhile, Mathias Normann is expected to be the only absentee – missing out with a pelvis injury.

  • Arsenal boss’ January transfer update

    Mikel Arteta is hopeful that is side can be active in the January transfer window.

    But the Spaniard accepts that it won’t be easy.

    He said: “If you can tweak what you need to in that period, which is not easy, it would be really helpful.

    “We are working on that to see the necessities we can have, and whether we can find the right solutions to that.”

  • Nketiah on the move? Exclusive by Alan Nixon

    Crystal Palace remain focused on Eddie Nketiah — in case his move to Germany falls through.

    The Eagles have a long-term interest in the Arsenal forward, 22.

    But his camp have their sights on a free transfer switch to the Bundesliga and a major payday.

    Nketiah is yet to have a concrete offer, though, and the Eagles are hovering as he is a player they admire and could move for him in this window or next summer.

    Palace transfer guru Dougie Freedman watched Nketiah net a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 5-1 Carabao Cup win over Sunderland last week.

  • Xhaka could have gone to Stoke

    Granit Xhaka almost joined Stoke City on loan before eventually landing a lucrative gig at Arsenal.

    Max Eberl, director of sport at Xhaka’s former club Borussia Monchengladbach, claims the Swiss midfielder was close to a Potters loan move after a disastrous start to life at the German club.

    Despite his initial struggles, Xhaka decided to stay in Germany and enjoyed a much more productive two-and-a-half years – eventually securing a £35million switch to Arsenal in the summer of 2016.

    And Eberl believes rejecting Stoke City was the best career move Xhaka ever made.

    Eberl told the Rheinische Post: “Granit’s career in the first 18 months at Gladbach did not run [as smoothly] as sliced bread.

    “He was almost ready to be loaned to Stoke and I told him, ‘If you go to Stoke now, you’ll never end up at a big club – but you could’.”

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