By Pete O'Rourke

26th Nov, 2019 | 12:48pm

Exclusive: Arsenal open talks over midfielder loan with northern club

Arsenal are in talks with Doncaster Rovers to extend midfielder Ben Sheaf’s loan, Football Insider understands.

The Gunners academy product, 21, has made a big impression for the League One club since joining on a half-season loan in July.

An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the club are in negotiations with Doncaster about extending Sheaf’s spell until the end of the season.

The Premier League giants are satisfied with the midfielder’s game time and how he is being used by manager Darren Moore.

Doncaster beat a number of Football League clubs to Sheaf’s loan capture in the summer after winning over Arsenal with their plans for him.

He has started 14 of the northern club’s 15 league matches this season in a defensive midfield position.

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Doncaster are 13th in League One, six adrift of the final play-off spot, a third of the way into the campaign after finishing in sixth place last season.

Sheaf is some way down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium and spent the entirety of last season in the Under-23s as he failed to see any first-team action under Unai Emery.

This comes after he spent the second half of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at League Two club Stevenage.

Sheaf, who is an England youth international and represented the country at Under-18 and Under-16 levels, joined Arsenal from West Ham’s academy in 2014.

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