Arsenal run the risk of losing Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer due to lack of game time

Written by Kian Long

May 24, 2020

Ainsley Maitland-Niles first burst onto the scene a few seasons ago under Arsene Wenger, where he was an instant hit with the fans. His composure with the ball at his feet and ability to glide past opposing midfielders with great ease and aplomb made him hard to keep out of the starting XI.

However, as time has gone on, the natural midfielder has been molded into a defender, a full-back to be precise. And to no fault of his own, the Englishman has struggled to make an impression in this position and he has simply blended in. It is not his natural position, after all, so this is to be expected.

He hasn’t had much luck under Mikel Arteta either, since the Spanish boss seems set in his ways of keeping a midfield pivot of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira, with Matteo Guendouzi providing backup alongside the potential arrival of a new midfield arrival this summer. This puts Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future in doubt.

He is 22 years old and, in all honesty, ready to be a first-team regular. But he’s not getting that, and Mikel Arteta can’t promise he’ll get that anytime soon. This is why it comes as no surprise to see reports from the Daily Star claiming he is expected to leave this summer, a mutual agreement between the player and manager, it seems.

Losing Maitland-Niles is certainly not ideal for the fans, he is one of the hottest prospects, just being used in the wrong way. However, as he comes out of the developmental stage of his career, it’s understandable that he is looking for stable playing time. He needs it, as he prepares to enter his prime. He also needs to be playing as a midfielder, not a full-back.

Therefore, as a fan, I cannot be disheartened by Ainsley’s decision. I just wish the club gave him more reason to stay.

Cover image: Chensiyuan, 2018

 

 

Related Articles

Breaking: Arsenal have almost sealed Gabriel deal

Breaking: Arsenal have almost sealed Gabriel deal

We have known for a while that both Arsenal and Napoli have had bids in the region of £27 million accepted by Lille. It has just been a matter of striking an agreement with the player, with most sources suggesting that Arsenal are in pole position. In fact, yesterday,...

Why do Arsenal want to sign Willian?

Why do Arsenal want to sign Willian?

Arsenal's pursuit of Willian has been a hot topic amongst the fanbase in recent weeks, with various reports claiming that the deal is nearly complete. Due to his age and concerns that he may be past his peak, not to mention his affiliation with Chelsea FC, many fans...

The Arsenal End of Season Awards

The Arsenal End of Season Awards

As the 2019/20 Premier League campaign has concluded, fans will all have their say on Arsenal's Player of the Season award. Previous winners of the award are Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and last years winner, Alexandre Lacazette. This season though, the award...

Comments

0 Comments

Stay Up to Date With The Latest News & Updates

Disclaimer

ATSN is not an official partner of Arsenal, Premier League, or any other related organization.

Sign up for our newsletter

Receive a weekly newsletter with the most recent developments and important updates

Follow Us

Get our most recent updates and articles by following us on social media.