According to a report from The Telegraph, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has accepted that he has no future at Arsenal and wants to leave the club in the summer transfer window.
The versatile Englishman has had his fair share of problems with Mikel Arteta. The Arsenal boss questioned his attitude last year but admitted later that Maitland-Niles had improved in that department. (Football London)
Arsenal famously rejected an offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer after initially agreeing to let him leave. (Sky Sports) Maitland-Niles was expected by many to kick on and cement a place for himself at the Emirates, but that wasn’t the case.
The Englishman left the Emirates on loan in search of regular game time in his preferred central-midfield role in January. He joined West Brom and has played regularly in the middle of the park, but his performances haven’t been enough for Arteta to reconsider his stance.
The Arsenal boss only views him as a full-back and that doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon. As a result, Maitland-Niles has accepted his fate and has decided that this summer is the right time to move on.
The report claims that Leicester City, Southampton and Wolves are all expected to express interest in his services. It is also claimed that bigger clubs may well make a move for him as we get closer to the start of the transfer window.
Maitland-Niles, labelled as awesome by Kevin Campbell, will definitely not be short of offers this summer, but it would be a shame to see him leave Arsenal after showing so much promise last season.
The Insider’s View:
It has reached a point where a new contract for Maitland-Niles is extremely unlikely. He will enter the final two years of his deal this summer and cashing in on him would be the right thing to do.
Being a home-grown talent and a full English international, the 23-year-old will fetch us a good fee this summer. Plenty of clubs will be open to signing him, and Arsenal should look to get the best fee for him.
However, if the versatile Englishman returns to Arsenal and is prepared to play where Arteta wants him to play, he could be a really useful player for us. Sadly, the chances of that happening are extremely slim now.