Report: 24-year-old has told Arteta he wants to play at right-back for Arsenal now
Ainsley Maitland-Niles told Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta that he wanted to focus on playing at right-back in a meeting at the start of pre-season, the Daily Mail report.
Maitland-Niles has found his game time limited at the Emirates Stadium this term, which led to him making a post on social media yesterday, suggesting that he would be keen on a move away.
Everton have been trying to sign Maitland-Niles and the 24-year-old held a hastily arranged meeting with Mikel Arteta yesterday.
However, the Arsenal full-back is said to have come away confused and frustrated, according to the update.
Maitland-Niles now will have to wait and see whether Arsenal could accept an offer for him on the final day.
But it seems that the Gunners do want to keep him, even though he doesn’t appear to be first choice.
That may come as a surprise now that information has come to light suggesting that Maitland-Niles is happy to play at right-back.
Previously he has said that he wanted to be a central midfielder.
But with Maitland-Niles now happy to play at full-back, there is an argument to suggest that he would be the club’s best option on the right-hand side of their defence.
Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares have already been used in the position, with Hector Bellerin’s future up in the air.
Neither have looked fully convincing though, and if Maitland-Niles does stick around, it is surely only a matter of time before he is given a run of games in the position.