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Sol Campbell discusses Ainsley Maitland-Niles situation, says Everton a good move for Arsenal ace

Sol Campbell has told TalkSPORT (Tuesday, 9:15AM) that Everton would have been a good move for Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer.

Maitland-Niles, 24, was one of the more intriguing transfer stories on deadline day. On Monday, reports claim Everton made a loan-to-buy bid.

That was according to The Athletic. The England international, though, stayed put – even after an Instagram post in which he pleaded for a move.

Maitland-Niles’ frustration is centred around wanting to play in midfield – despite getting into the England side while playing as a left-back.


Campbell had his say on the matter, showing sympathy towards Maitland-Niles. He believes a move to Everton would have been “fantastic”.

“Young man, desperate to play, I get it. Arsenal need a squad, being selfish; not going to Everton – a fantastic move – will have been disheartening.

“He needs his career to move on and develop, get back into the England team. If I can’t get into this team, I need to join a new one,” Campbell said.

Campbell on Maitland-Niles: Arsenal star needed Everton move

It is as if Mikel Arteta has made his mind up on the England star and that opinion is unwavering. He is unwilling to give him a chance.

Many believe Maitland-Niles is actually the club’s best right-back, though the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu is likely to question that belief.

But with Maitland-Niles desperate to play in midfield, Everton wanted to lure him to Goodison Park. As Campbell says, a brilliant move.

Unfortunately for the versatile ace, he is now going to have to feed off scraps until January – where a loan move looks likely at this point.

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In other Arsenal news, here is what Campbell also said about Tomiyasu.

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