Arteta now has perfect chance to utilise 24-year-old Arsenal player - TBR View
Arsenal have been rocked today with the news that Granit Xhaka will be missing for three months. In Ainsley Maitland-Niles, however, Mikel Arteta has a player champing at the bit to prove himself.
The Gunners have picked up after a rotten Premier League start. They have won the last three games and have now overtaken fierce rivals Tottenham in the division.
Arteta did some soul searching after a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City. Since that game, the Gunners have roared back to form; although Xhaka’s injury could set them back.
Talk has already begun as to who might replace him in the Arsenal team. Albert Sambi Lokonga is the favourite, whilst some people feel Charlie Patino is good enough for a chance.
Not too many are giving Maitland-Niles a hope in hell of earning a chance. This could, however, be the perfect time for Arteta to offer the 240year-old a chance in a position he feels he is strongest in.
The Hale End graduate went on loan to West Brom for the second half of 2020/21. Sam Allardyce used him as a central midfielder and he appeared to thrive under regular football.
He was linked with a move away from the club in the summer. Clear the air talks with Arteta have earned him a place in each of his squads this season, however.
Arteta now has no excuses and must give Maitland-Niles an Arsenal chance
Maitland-Niles has waited patiently under Arteta. He agreed to a loan last season and although he couldn’t keep West Brom up, he was largely impressive.
The youngster does have 127 games under his belt for the Gunners, although he’s played in a number of positions; often being considered a utility man.
Now, looks ideal for Arteta to unleash Maitland-Niles and hand him a chance to star alongside Thomas Partey.
The £48,000-a-week player is keen to play in a midfield and with plenty of games coming in the next three months, he’d have a real chance to prove himself.
Maitland-Niles would then have the ball placed in his court and there’d be no excuses when it came to his Arsenal future.
Food for thought for Arteta…
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