Ainsley Maitland-Niles became a Europa Conference League winner on Wednesday, as AS Roma edged out Feyenoord and Reiss Nelson.

TIRANA, ALBANIA: Reiss Nelson of Feyenoord is challenged by Nicola Zalewski of AS Roma during the UEFA Conference League final match between AS Roma and Feyenoord at Arena Kombetare on May 25, 2022. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
TIRANA, ALBANIA: Reiss Nelson of Feyenoord is challenged by Nicola Zalewski of AS Roma during the UEFA Conference League final match between AS Roma and Feyenoord at Arena Kombetare on May 25, 2022. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Two Arsenal loanees travelled with their clubs to the Europa Conference League final on Wednesday night, with Reiss Nelson starting for Feyenoord whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles made the bench for AS Roma.

There could only be one winner, and Roma came out on top through a first-half goal from Nicolo Zaniolo.

As a result, Maitland-Niles ended his loan spell with a winners’ medal, whilst Nelson had to settle for runner-up.

It’s certainly a shame that Nelson couldn’t be on the winning side, as he’d had a strong tournament.

Up until the final, the 22-year-old had scored or assisted in every knockout tie, racking up two goals and three assists in just 605 minutes in the competition.

Maitland-Niles hadn’t had such a consistent involvement for Roma, starting both legs of their last-16 tie but only featuring for five minutes of the three rounds after that. But he’ll be happy to end a tricky loan on a high.

ROME, ITALY: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma shoots during the warm-up prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma v Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 09, 2022. (Photo by Paolo Bruno / Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma shoots during the warm-up prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma v Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 09, 2022. (Photo by Paolo Bruno / Getty Images)

In the end, it looks like both players have probably played their final game for their loan clubs.

Maitland-Niles joining Roma hasn’t seemed likely for a while now, and whilst Nelson has impressed with Feyenoord, their technical director recently suggested another move was almost impossible for them to achieve.

Fabrizio Romano added that Nelson will soon hold talks with Mikel Arteta over his Arsenal future.

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