Arsenal have a talent in their ranks who's as fast as Aubameyang, Arteta will probably lose him - TBR View
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Arsenal have a talent in their ranks who's as fast as Aubameyang, Arteta will probably lose him - TBR View

Earlier this week, Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga waxed lyrical about how fast Ainsley Maitland-Niles is.

The 21-year-old answered Arsenal fan questions in a Q&A, which was posted on the club’s YouTube page.

When asked who he thought was the quickest player at the club, Lokonga replied: “Ainsley or Auba… Ainsley’s fast, really fast!”

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However, there might not be many more opportunities for Maitland-Niles to showcase his speed – and other qualities – for Arsenal.

The 24-year-old has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta and reportedly had a loan switch to Everton blocked on transfer deadline day.

He subsequently posted a message on his Instagram which said: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play.”

Arteta subsequently held clear-the-air talks with Maitland-Niles, and he stayed put at Arsenal.

He isn’t exactly doing much better in terms of game time, however.

Although Maitland-Niles has been playing in midfield – his preferred option as opposed to full-back – he’s still spent most of his time on the bench.

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Arsenal could be set to lose “Rolls Royce”?

Maitland-Niles has only started one Premier League game, the 1-0 win over Norwich, and has come on as a substitute in a further four top-flight games.

Against Spurs and Brighton, Maitland-Niles came on right at the end for a total of four minutes plus stoppage time.

The Hale End graduate’s contract runs until 2023, but he wouldn’t exactly have much reason to pen fresh terms as things stand.

Arsenal could get a decent amount for him if they sell him next year, after which his contract will have 12 months left to run.

Maitland-Niles is a quality player – Peter Crouch has previously deemed him “tremendous” and “fantastic”, while Martin Keown has called him a “Rolls Royce”.

But the way things are going, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him leave in January – either on loan like in January 2020, or permanently.

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