Arsenal needs to prepare to decide on Maitland-Niles’ future again in the summer

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was confident he deserved to be playing regularly when he left Arsenal for AS Roma in the last transfer window.

The England international had wanted to leave the club in the summer, but he was made to stay.

As he didn’t get enough playing chances in the first half of the season, the Gunners sanctioned his January loan move to Rome.

The Romans had been confident he would thrive under Jose Mourinho and they even agreed to a fee to sign him permanently in the summer.

After a good start, he now struggles to get into the team at the Stadio Olimpico.

A report via Sport Witness says he is now likely to return to Arsenal in the summer.

This means the Gunners need to offload him again and they will have to find a new home for him.

Just Arsenal Opinion

In his absence, we have done very well, and it is almost obvious to see that we don’t need Maitland-Niles now.

If we make the top four by the end of the campaign, more quality players will be added to our squad.

He would hardly get near the first team then. The versatile squad player will probably already be on the lookout for another club that will take a chance on him on his return in the summer.

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  1. Maitland-Niles’ case has not been well managed. He’d have gone to Wolves long ago or to Everton more recently. Now I doubt anybody will want him at the fee he’d have commanded at the time
    I have always known that he is not up to Arsenal class. I rated Joe Willock much more

    1. yup missed out on a large amount of money by not selling him to wolves. the crazy thing is he’s hardly kicked a ball for us since that transfer window. So it espescially made no sense if Mikel had no plans for him either.

  2. Unfortunately, he did not make the grades at Roma. It is his loss because I don’t see him playing at Arsenal, not now nor in the future. Arsenal has moved too far ahead of him.

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