Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Maitland-Niles 'AGREES' Roma move, Vlahovic battle, Norwich win latest reaction

JOSE MOURINHO'S Roma are expected to complete a swoop for Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 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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    Arsenal's most expensive transfers ever

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    Arsenal solidify fourth place position

    Arsenal's emphatic win over Norwich saw them move six points clear of fifth place in the Premier League table.

    Their nearest challengers are North London rivals Tottenham who have played three fewer games due to fixture cancellations.

    But are the Gunners now the favourites to finish fourth at the end of the season?

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    Sak of the net

    Bukayo Saka was thrilled after netting twice in Arsenal's 5-0 win over Norwich at Carrow Road on Sunday.

    The England international has now already scored six times for the Gunners this season – just one short of his tally for the whole of the 2020-21 campaign.

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    Academy impact for Arteta's Arsenal

    Hale End academy products Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are up there amongst the best in the Premier League.

    Both have played a major role in firing Arsenal into fourth place, six points ahead of top-four rivals Tottenham and seven above West Ham.

    Smith Rowe's form has seen him score more goals from open play since the start of last season than Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes. The 21-year-old has 13 goals to Fernandes' 12.

    And Saka is the second-youngest player to reach 10 Prem goals for Arsenal.

    Only legend Nicolas Anelka managed to do it quicker, aged 19.

    The pair got on the scoresheet once again on Boxing Day, with Saka bagging a brace and Smith Rowe sealing the win in added time.

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    More Arteta after Norwich win

    Mikel Arteta also spoke about the importance of the Arsenal players enjoying themselves on the pitch.

    He added: "That’s what we are here for, to try to create enjoyment, and if they enjoy it then I am sure that people will enjoy watching them play.

    "They are in this moment right now that they really like each other, they enjoy playing with each other, and you can see that on the pitch."

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    Arteta happy with team's progression

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is thrilled with the improvements he is seeing from his side following the 5-0 win over Norwich.

    He told the club website: "The direction the team is taking, and how we are growing the understanding between players. Obviously they’ve been playing now for a few months together.

    "The unity that we show in general, and the support that we are getting in every ground from our supporters is very much linked with the way we can transmit the way we want to play.

    "So I am really pleased with that as well."

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    Saka joins elite Arsenal list

    Bukayo Saka has become the second youngest player in Arsenal's Premier League history to score 10 goals for the club [via Sky Sports Statto].

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    Roma interested in Maitland-Niles

    Roma are interested in bringing Arsenal man Ainsley Maitland-Niles to the club on a short-term loan deal.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano said: "AS Roma are offering a six-month loan deal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles plus buy option around €10m, José Mourinho wants him. Player’s open to accept. #ASRoma #AFC

    "Negotiations still ongoing with Arsenal to reach the agreement on loan fee, buy option and final price."

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    Arsenal statement on Wolves postponement

    Arsenal said: "We are disappointed to announce our Premier League fixture against Wolves on Tuesday December 28 has been postponed due to a number of the Wolves squad testing positive for Covid-19.

    "This game will be rescheduled in due course and any tickets and/or hospitality packages purchased for this fixture will be valid for the rescheduled date.

    "We apologise to our fans for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.

    "Thank you for your support."

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    Arsenal vs Wolves postponed

    A reminder that Arsenal's game against Wolves – which was scheduled for tomorrow – has been postponed.

    This is due to a Covid outbreak in the visitors' camp.

    Mikel Arteta's side are now set to return to action on New Year's Day when they take on Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

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    Partey on impressive Arsenal form

    "It is very enjoyable, I enjoy a lot playing with them," Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey told the club website after the 5-0 win over Norwich.
     
    "They are good talents, a lot of people around that can play with them and they have a lot of quality in front of goal and they can score at any time, so it is a joyful moment playing with them.
     
    "We feel very happy. This is a game we really enjoyed. We have had a couple of games now where the team is doing very well and performing and I think this is what we have to keep doing.
     
    "I think we are working harder, we are doing what we have to do, everyone is playing their role very well and that is the mentality that the coach wants us to play with and enjoy one the field and that is what we are doing."

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    Arsenal celebrate emphatic Norwich win

    A 5-0 win anyone? The Gunners are on the march for a top four place after a ruthless win over Norwich yesterday afternoon.

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    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal tightened their grip on fourth with a 5-0 thrashing of Norwich on Sunday.

    Bukayo Saka scored twice as Mikel Arteta’s man ran riot at Carrow Road.

    Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe were also on the scoresheet as Norwich endured a nightmare Boxing Day.

    Meanwhile, 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.

    Finally, Arsenal’s Emirates clash with Wolves on Tuesday is reportedly set to be the latest Premier League game called off because of Covid-19.

    An outbreak of cases combined with several injuries to Wolves' players is likely to see the fixture pushed back to the new year.

    And the Premier League have accepted Wolves' request to postpone the game, according to The Athletic.

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    Arsenal turn to young Guns

    Arsenal have been preparing for a Covid outbreak in the squad by calling up a host of academy players to train with the first team.

    Gunners have added wonderkid Charlie Patino and Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand to their ranks recently.

    Other names in the mix include Omari Hutchinson, Zach Awe, Marcelo Flores, Zak Swanson, Mika Biereth, Omar Rekik and keeper James Hillson.

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    All signings since Wenger's exit

    Arsenal have certainly been busy in the transfer market since Arsene Wenger left.

    Check out all their signings below…

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    Aubameyang enjoys Christmas despite ousting

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pushed aside his Arsenal woes to pose and share a sweet family Christmas photo.

    The striker is currently in Gunners exile after being banished from the first-team fold by boss Mikel Arteta.

    But he chose Christmas Day to take to social media for the first time since being dropped.

    Posing in matches pyjamas alongside his partner and kids in front of a stunning tree, he captioned it with: “Merry Christmas #Familyfirst.”

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    Arsenal's continuing captaincy curse conundrum

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set for a January exit after falling out with Mikel Arteta.

    But he wouldn't be the first serving Arsenal captain to meet a sticky end…

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    Mikel hails Arsenal's Norwich victory

    Mikel Arteta says he was hugely impressed with Arsenal's dismantling of Norwich at Carrow Road.

    Arteta beamed: “It's a very satisfying result because in this festive period we have to keep performances to a high level.

    "We looked really sharp and committed. It's a big win for us. I am really pleased. The amount of chances we create is pleasing.”

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    Arteta loving top four push

    Mikel Arteta admits he is enjoying Arsenal’s push for Champions League football.

    Speaking after Sunday’s 5-0 win at Norwich, he said: “That’s what we’re here for – to enjoy it. And if the players enjoy it, people will enjoy watching them.

    “The direction of the team, how we are growing, the understanding between the players, the unity and the support from our supporters in every ground is very much linked with the way we want to play. 

    “I am very pleased with that as well. In general, collectively and individually, we had big performances against Norwich so I am very happy.”

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    Arsenal vs Wolves ‘called off’

    Arsenal’s  Emirates clash with Wolves on Tuesday is reportedly set to be the latest Premier League game called off because of Covid-19.

    An outbreak of cases combined with several injuries to Wolves' players is likely to see the fixture pushed back to the new year.

    The Premier League have accepted Wolves' request to postpone the game, according to the Athletic.

    It's the second festive Wolves fixture to be pulled after their Boxing Day game vs Watford was also pulled because of case numbers in the Hornets' squad.

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    Arsenal's fine collection of silverwear

    Arsenal boast an impressive array of trophies.

    Can Mikel Arteta add to the cabinet this season?

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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.

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    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.

    READ THE VERDICT HERE

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    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.”

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    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.

    READ THE RATINGS HERE

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