Jamie Carragher feels sorry for Arsenal star Maitland-Niles, urges Gunners to let him join Everton
Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports News (Tuesday, 2:10PM) that Arsenal need to let Ainsley Maitland-Niles join Everton if he is not going to play.
Arsenal are busy on deadline day – working to bring in Takehiro Tomiyasu. Numerous players could go, including Hector Bellerin and Reiss Nelson.
Maitland-Niles, 24, is the subject of one of the most-intriguing stories of deadline day. It comes after his post on Instagram, venting his frustration.
The England international is desperate to play in midfield – which means he is struggling to get game time at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta likes him in defence.
The Athletic reported that Everton have made a loan-to-buy offer to sign the England international earlier this week. Carragher has given his verdict.
“You sign a contract and you’re contracted to the club but I feel for Maitland-Niles. It looks like there’s no Arsenal future,” Carragher said.
“They’re blocking a move towards Everton. He just wants to play football. If you want to keep him, play him, but if you don’t let him go.”
Carragher on Maitland-Niles: Everton move helps Arsenal
It is a move that suits all parties. Of course, it suits Everton who will be getting themselves another option in midfield – but a versatile one at that.
Maitland-Niles is a brilliant player, good enough for England. He will want game time to show he can make a late move for next summer’s World Cup.
He needs game time and Everton helps him do that, so, a move for both Everton and player makes sense. Game time is needed to develop.
Arsenal need to let him go to gain that crucial development – it would see him return to Arsenal a more-improved player. That is, if Arsenal keep him.
If they choose to sell him, his loan at Everton will see Arsenal bring in more cash for him. Rotting on the bench will see his value go down.
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