Report: Ainsley Maitland-Niles still wants out of Arsenal, could push for January exit
Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles could push for an exit from the club once again this January, despite getting back in and among the first-team picture.
The Sun claims that both Maitland-Niles and fellow midfielder, Mo Elneny, could both depart in January. It’s claimed the 24-year-old Englishman is still not satisfied with his minutes, despite featuring in the last five Premier League games.
Mikel Arteta had a problem with Maitland-Niles in the summer. A move to Everton broke down, leaving the Gunners boss to build some bridges with the five-times capped England man. However, it seems things still aren’t as rosy as they could be.
The Sun suggests Maitland-Niles could ask for a move in January. But the report also states how Arsenal will likely demand Maitland-Niles stays put again. Elneny, meanwhile, could be sold.
Maitland-Niles, 25, has a contract until 2023. He is unlikely to sign a new one as things stand, however. Naturally, that puts the Gunners in a tricky position.
TBR’s View: Arsenal need to resolve Maitland-Niles issues, and quickly
This one is threatening to linger on and on, which nobody wants. It seems that the midfielder just wants to play football.
Arsenal run the risk here of keeping a player in the squad – a squad currently on the up it must be added – who doesn’t really want to be there.
Maitland-Niles was fuming in the summer. At one point it looked an irretrievable problem. Arteta, to his credit, managed to at least resolve the situation.
However, it’s rearing its head again and the Gunners might be best served just getting as good a price as they can here.