Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles has made his feelings clear on Instagram after Mikel Arteta and Edu blocked his move away from the Emirates earlier today.
The versatile Englishman spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom. He wasn’t fantastic, but he wasn’t bad either, which has resulted in some serious interest from clubs in the Premier League.
Everton reportedly tabled a loan with an option to buy offer to sign Maitland-Niles earlier today. (Athletic) Arsenal have turned down that proposal now, and the Englishman is not happy about it.
Maitland-Niles on Instagram: I want to leave Arsenal
With less than 18 hours left in the transfer window, players who want to leave will have to get deals sorted ASAP. Maitland-Niles’ agent seems to have done his bit by convincing Everton to take him, but Arsenal don’t seem too keen.
The Mirror claim that Arteta and Edu have put a block on Everton’s bid to sign the versatile Englishman. The report claims that Crystal Palace, Burnley and Newcastle United are also keen to sign him, but it looks like Arsenal will not entertain any offers.
As a result, Maitland-Niles is looking to get some sympathy from the fans. He took to Instagram to plead for a move as he wants to feel ‘wanted’, hinting that he feels the opposite at Arsenal at the moment.
The Insider’s View:
Maitland-Niles wants to go and Arsenal should let him go, but only if interested clubs meet our demands. If that happens, there’s no reason to block the move, but the fact that we’ve decided to turn down Everton’s offer means that it was a low-ball one.
If no suitable offer comes in for Maitland-Niles, he will have to stay – whether he likes it or not. Trying to force his way out is a decent ploy, but it might end up backfiring terribly.
Arteta has shown everyone how much of a disciplinarian he is. Maitland-Niles taking to social media to make his feelings known will not go down well with the Arsenal boss, who may never play him again now if he ends up staying.