Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Maitland-Niles wants to leave Arsenal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has decided to leave Arsenal, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

Having come through the ranks at the Arsenal Academy, the 22-year-old was originally shaped for a role on an attacking flank. However, his senior career has mostly seen him deployed at right-back due to numerous injury absences of Hector Bellerin and the lack of proper cover for the Spaniard for a long time.

Maitland-Niles has now completely lost his place in the starting line-up, and coach Mikel Arteta doesn’t seem to regard him as a regular option even when wringing some changes to his starting XI. That prompted the youngster to reconsider his future with the club and he has reached a conclusion that his development would best be served elsewhere.

He is under contract until 2023, which means Arsenal would be demanding a fee for his services, though it remains to be seen how much. Apparently, there is interest coming from England and Germany.

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Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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