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Arsenal fans react as Atletico reportedly target Maitland-Niles

Arsenal supporters have been reacting to a Sky Sports report that has claimed Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a transfer target for Atletico Madrid.

Supposedly the Spanish side have been monitoring the star’s progress for the past 12 months, and with Kieran Trippier being hit with a 10-week ban, they could now spring into action.

Trippier has been key for Diego Simeone, and the Argentine needs cover for the England international – and Maitland-Niles, theoretically, would suit Atleti’s system.

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It could be that Arsenal are opposed to selling him though, with the 23-year-old having looked impressive in recent times.

Maitland-Niles is one of few players to have come in for credit from fans in what’s been a difficult season so far.

Quite a few people have been calling for him to get a run of games in the starting XI ahead of Hector Bellerin.

Maitland-Niles can also offer cover in central midfield, which is his natural position.

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One wonders if Maitland-Niles will still be an Arsenal player beyond January, with Wolves having tried and failed to sign him the summer.

The £35,000-a-week star (Spotrac) is clearly a talent, and the fact he doesn’t currently have starter status may well see Atleti and others come calling.

On social media, a number of Arsenal fans weren’t too welcoming of Atletico’s reported interest:

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