Ainsley Maintland-Niles decides he will leave Arsenal this summer as suitors gather


Mikel Arteta is going to see a few players leaving this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has come to the decision that his future lies away from Arsenal and will be pushing for a move away this summer when he returns from loan at West Bromwich Albion.

The 23-year-old moved to the Hawthorns on 1 February, making seven Premier League starts since then as the Baggies battle against relegation.

This came after being in and out of the Gunners side under Mikel Arteta over the second half of last season and the first of this campaign.

Many of his first team chances at Arsenal came at right back or wing-back, while his preferred position is in the centre of midfield, where he has been playing under Sam Allardyce for West Brom.

With a place in the Arsenal team next season far from guaranteed and a spot in the middle of midfield extremely unlikely to be available, the Telegraph reports that Maitland-Niles has accepted that he will be finding a new club in the summer.

The England international is still under contract with the Gunners until 2023, so they are under no pressure to sell, but there will likely be plenty of bids from Premier League clubs for the versatile Londoner.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been a solid performer on loan at West Brom (Picture: Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers made a £20m offer for Maitland-Niles last summer which was turned down by Arsenal as Arteta still viewed him as a very useful member of the squad.

Wolves were eyeing him up as a replacement for Matt Doherty at right-back and are less likely to be in the market now after signing Nelson Semedo from Barcelona instead, but could still renew their interest.

The likes of Leicester City and Southampton are potential destinations for the Englishman, with the Saints also mooted with a loan bid for him in the past.

Maitland-Niles will be looking to find a club which will guarantee him regular first team opportunities, having said he was ‘rotting away’ on the bench at Arsenal.

‘It was just more of a chance for me to show what I’m capable of other than sitting on the bench for the rest of the season and rotting away,’ he told talkSPORT.

‘The main reason was being able to play as there’s nothing better than playing. I felt it would be great to experience the work of people trying to save their careers and stay in the Premier League.

‘I think it was the perfect fit for me to be here and show them the qualities I can produce.’


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