Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Arsenal
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

Arsenal weighing up player plus cash offer for £65 million top target

Arsenal weighing up player plus cash offer for £65 million top target

It is becoming clearer and clearer that Arsenal's top target this summer is Leicester's James Maddison. As reported by Adrian Kajumba, a fairly reliable football reporter, Arsenal are growing increasingly confident that Arsenal can convince Leicester to sell one of...

Arsenal reportedly agree £40 million deal for Chelsea striker

Arsenal reportedly agree £40 million deal for Chelsea striker

This is some really interesting news! Arsenal are potentially looking for a new long term striker this summer, and Tammy Abraham appears to be a priority. In fact, some reports are suggesting that Arsenal are on the verge/have agreed a deal for him. It would be a...

Arsenal prepare move for £30 million Bellerin replacement

Arsenal prepare move for £30 million Bellerin replacement

Having announced Tavares and Lokonga, and with Ben White set to be announced soon, Arsenal's summer transfer window is starting to up in pace. The next targets seem to be the midfield, however, going on in the background it seems is Arsenal's pursuit of a right back....

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.