Arsene Wenger has reassured Ainsley Maitland-Niles that the incident with his mother at the training ground will not impact his future at the club.
Mamma Niles allegedly assaulted Dick Law, Arsenal’s chief negotiator and Sean O’Oconnor, facilities manager for the club, during a meeting that took place in order to discuss her son’s future in March.
While it is not clear what exactly transpired during the meeting to elicit such a strong response from Ainsley’s mum, it has been widely reported is that she has been banned from the club due to the incident.
Law is thought to have intervened between Ms. Niles and O’Connor, at which time he was also struck. Ms. Niles, however, posted a picture of herself at London Colney this week to refute claims that she had been banned.
According to the Daily Mail, she was arrested after the incident but Arsenal declined to press charges. A Hertfordshire police spokesperson confirmed “Police were called at 4.11pm on March 20 to the location to reports two people had allegedly been assaulted by a woman. They suffered superficial injuries. Officers attended and a 36-year-old woman from Watford was arrested on suspicion of assault.
‘”She has since been released with no further action to be taken against her. Police were called to the location on Friday, April 24 at 2.40pm to reports a woman was refusing to leave the premises. Officers attended and the woman was issued with a warning.”
The second incident is believed to be in relation to Ms. Niles turning up for the behind-closed-doors u21 game against Aston Villa to which she had not been invited. When asked to leave by security staff she refused, prompting a second call to the police.
Speaking to the media on Friday, the Arsenal boss was asked to give his reaction to the altercation. “For me he has the perfect behaviour with me,” the boss said. “It is basically a private matter that I don’t know really well about because I don’t know what happened.
“But I know Ainsley very well and he has my complete support because he is a good boy and I am sure his mother wants a great future for him and to help him.
“There are some incidents that I don’t know well and I don’t know why but the boy has a perfect behaviour inside our club.”