David Ornstein claims in an exclusive that Ainsley Maitland-Niles believes he must leave Arsenal in order to continue life as a first-team regular.
The Ornacle, known as the most reliable outlet for Arsenal news after Arsenal themselves, writes in his Athletic exclusive, “Ainsley Maitland-Niles has come to the conclusion that the writing is on the wall for his career at Arsenal and in order to achieve regular first-team game time, he must leave the Emirates Stadium.”
With 96 first-team appearances under his belt, it looked like Maitland-Niles had done enough to show himself as a player who could make it at Arsenal. But since football returned, he has played in just four league games for Arteta, amassing a total of 68 minutes.
A graduate of the Arsenal Academy, he is under contract until 2023 so Arsenal should get a decent fee for him if they were to decide to sell this summer, especially with him being English.
Maitland-Niles, Ornstein writes, believes he does not have the trust of Arteta and “he would welcome the chance to explore a fresh opportunity away from his boyhood club, with interest coming from England and Germany.”
He also mentions Maitland-Niles issues with timekeeping and the club certainly do seem to be taking a hard line with all players who won’t do as they’re told.
For a long time, there has been a feeling that players had it too easy at Arsenal behind the scenes and it seems like Arteta is determined that should come to an end while he’s in charge.