Arsenal’s January transfer goals: Why Maitland-Niles is leaving and how Gunners will replace him

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal will be looking for another midfielder in the January transfer market after agreeing that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will oversee the rest of the season in Rome.

The versatile English national team player Maitland-Niles heads from the Emirates Stadium and joins forces with Jose Mourinh and Tammy Abraham in the Italian capital after finding hard playing time in north London.

Arteta can appreciate why the 24-year-old wants to move on, but since Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are off duty at the African Cup of Nations, Arsenal’s manager admits that he is abandoned in an important part of the field.

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Asked if Arsenal would try to reach the middle of the field in the winter after an agreement with Maitland-Niles after an agreement with Maitland-Niles, Arteta replied: “At the moment we are very, very little. But to be fair to the player, this cannot be the only argument for trying to keep the player – and the player who was developed and brought up through our academy.

“A player who was patient at many times and tried to fulfill his dream. He was very honest with me, I understood the situation and we think it is a good choice.

“Of course we will move and look for opportunities because we are very few there.”

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“Ainsley came to me and explained the reasons why he thought the best thing in his career was to move now,” the Spaniard added, letting the domestic talent go to Serie A.

“He felt an opportunity to go to Rome and the cooperation with José was good.” Given the number of minutes he played, he was entitled to the opportunity. We wish him all the best. ”

Although strengthening their engine room has become a top priority for the Gunners, there is a lot of speculation about the intended goals in other areas.

Arsenal is strongly associated with a number of highly regarded attackers, including Fiorentina frontman Dušan Vlahovič and Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak.

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Arteta is reluctant to be drawn into his plans and says, “You know I can never talk about players who are not ours.”

However, he admits the need to look at the offensive department because Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was frozen after breaking the club’s discipline, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah expire contracts in the summer.

“We have a special situation because we have three players with different problems at the moment,” Arteta said of the club’s problems with the attackers. “We have to live with it and the players here are very dedicated so far.”

Arsenal are due to be back in action on Sunday, when the team will face the Championship team with Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup.


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