Arsenal fans react to Ainsley Maitland-Niles interview
A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to react after Ainsley Maitland-Niles made a big claim about his future in an interview with The Telegraph.
Maitland-Niles is one of the players the Gunners have a decision to make on this summer.
He is set to return to the club following a loan spell at West Brom. However, while there were some impressive displays, the 23-year-old struggled to really prove a point to Mikel Arteta.
There have previously been suggestions that Arsenal could sell Maitland-Niles for £20 million this summer. And it has been claimed that a number of Premier League rivals are keen on the youngster.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Maitland-Niles. As it turns out, he still has little idea himself.
He shared that he would appreciate some clarity on the situation in the very near future – even if that means being told he will be sold.
“If I was to get a phone call from someone at Arsenal and they said they’d like a meeting tomorrow, then it would be easier that way,” he told The Telegraph.
“They can tell me whether they’ve got plans to play me in the future or if they want to sell me. I’ve heard they want to make some space [in the squad] and some money so I’m not sure.”
‘He deserves better’: Arsenal fans divided after Maitland-Niles interview
There seems to be divide amongst Arsenal fans following Maitland-Niles’s interview.
For some, they are angry at the club. They have insisted that Maitland-Niles being kept in the dark is not good enough.
Arteta has come in for some criticism.
But so has Maitland-Niles. Some have suggested that he could have been a key man at the Emirates had he been prepared to prioritise being a right-back.
With doubts over Hector Bellerin’s future, there may still be an opportunity for Maitland-Niles – who earns £35,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – to take that role. Some have implored the academy graduate to make the most of any chances that come his way in the coming weeks.
With that in mind, here is how some of the fans have reacted to the interview…
‘AMN has got himself to blame’
We gave him a chance to make the RB position his own and he didn’t take it. It’s not Arsenal’s fault in this case. We tried everything to get him to make it here but he refused. Goodbye, see you later pal
— V 🇮🇹 forza italia (@viorel433) June 8, 2021
Wow, I guess that he’s gonna be sold too
— ً (@BdZgYqYBfus3HW2) June 8, 2021
I’m no means an Arteta fan, but you cannot blame him for this. AMN has got himself to blame really. Had a clear run in at RB with no one capable of holding that position down and then decided he wanted to play CM. Didn’t work and now we have to move on. Wish him the best though.
— Vishvajeet Jadhon (@vjadhon96) June 8, 2021
Just play RB
— Wess (@TWessAFC7) June 8, 2021
He deserves better man https://t.co/N49hIoTtCH
— ْ (@_A_100_M) June 8, 2021
If Ainsley had performed the way Willock did whilst on loan I would consider him as a back up CM.
However it’s clear MA isn’t going to play him there, he was given the opportunity to play RB but refused.
— Hassan Rubbani 🇵🇸🔴⚪️ (@hassan_rubbani) June 8, 2021
Sad to see him go but he should leave for his own good. Arteta won’t appreciate these comments. https://t.co/zxyXaeyTSm
— Sam (@Nasridane) June 8, 2021
Ainsley Maitland Niles can be our answer at CM. He needs to stay this summer.
— #VARout (@HobbsAFC) June 8, 2021
Said this countless times, he can become a top class RB but he doesn’t want to. Time to move on unfortunately https://t.co/lIg30l35pY
— Łukasz Muszyński (@Lukas_Muszynski) June 8, 2021
That’s not a good look on Arteta if I’m honest. https://t.co/KdbsqXcyaQ
— PME 🚭 (get KROENKE out) (@mariEscobarStan) June 8, 2021
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