Arsenal have reportedly had a change of heart over Ainsley Maitland-Niles and turned down a bid from Everton to sign the Hale End graduate and the 24yo has taken to Instagram to plead his case.
Everton were hoping they could strike a deal to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan with an option to buy. With Mikel Arteta not seeming best fussed about the player, most expected him to leave. Maitland-Nile’s insistence on being a midfielder, when there is a massive right-back shaped hole with his name on it, was also a problem.
Perhaps Cedric’s performance against Manchester City was so awful Arteta has had a rethink and somebody has managed to get through to AMN. The club have wanted to sign a right-back to replace Hector Bellerin, should he go, but they’ve been neither able to find a new one nor sell their old one.
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 30, 2021
According to the report linked in the tweet, which hasn’t been updated to reflect anything that’s now being claimed and still says Arsenal will let Maitland-Niles go, Everton also want Maitland-Niles as a right-back.
Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, has posted on Instagram, “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play”