Here is your Arsenal morning digest on Tuesday, September 28.
Everton set for Maitland-Niles move
The Gunners man wanted to leave the club over the summer, but Mikel Arteta did not want his versatile star to move, so a deal never materialised.
However, the Toffees are said to still be interested in Maitland-Niles, but the report also claims that Arsenal do not want the makeshift right-back to leave following Hector Bellerin ‘s loan exit last month.
Keown highlights Arteta turning point
Martin Keown believes Arsenal’s impressive North London Derby victory against Tottenham on Sunday could prove pivotal in Arteta’s managerial career.
The pressure on Arteta has somewhat eased in recent weeks following three straight Premier League victories and the most recent win at the weekend could prove to become a huge moment in the Spaniard’s career in management.
Keown, when writing in his BBC Sport column, said: “Sunday’s brilliant win over Tottenham might turn out to be just another one of those days, but maybe there’s something different this time that means we can sustain it.
“We certainly got the fans back, for starters. There was an amazing atmosphere at Emirates Stadium, and the Gunners supporters played a big part in what was a complete performance. I would have loved to have been there to sample it for myself.
“It felt like an especially important day for manager Mikel Arteta, because he has not had many moments like it as Arsenal manager.”
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Neville sends Arsenal duo warning
Alli was seen as one of the Premier League’s biggest talents not too long ago, but has struggled over the past 12 months or so at Spurs.
“If they want a warning sign they should look at Dele Alli, I had him at England three or four years ago and I’d have said he was one of the best midfield players this country has produced. He had everything: 6ft 2ins, could tackle, could head – everything.
“Now look at him on the pitch; he was subbed at half-time and the rest of them could’ve been subbed but he’s a shadow of what he was in terms of application and work ethic on the football pitch.
“I said last year he needed a shock, he needs to sort himself out, I love him as a kid but he has to sort himself out.”