Arsenal were working on three loan moves for first-team Hale End graduates on Monday, let’s look at the details for how they each turned out.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles was always the most likely of the trio to get a loan on deadline day, with a number of Premier League clubs after him. Funnily enough, he ended up at possibly the least likely of the four he was linked with at the start of the day.
Maitland-Niles’ preference seemed to be Leicester City, but Arsenal weren’t keen on the idea and blocked the move. The club’s preference was Southampton, but Maitland-Niles stalled on the transfer for too long and the Saints pulled out.
That left Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, but with Newcastle closing in on the signing of Joe Willock to play in midfield, West Brom ended up landing Maitland-Niles by virtue of being the last club left.
As mentioned, Joe Willock completed a transfer to Newcastle United. His loan was a lot more straightforward, with Newcastle seemingly the only club strongly in the mix by the end of the window.
A key detail in both players’ loan transfers is that neither contains an option to make the move permanent.
There was some talk (via Northern Echo) that Arsenal might include an option in Willock’s deal to extend it to the end of 2021/22 if all parties agree.