Arsenal ace frozen out after breaking important Mikel Arteta rule

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has got on the wrong side of Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles has fallen out of favour in recent times and it’s not always been obvious why.

However, we might now have our answer, as it seems he’s broken a key rule put into place by Mikel Arteta since he became manager.

According to The Athletic, Maitland-Niles has shown up late to training on a number of occasions – something Arteta has insisted he would not tolerate, and this has led to the 22-year-old falling down the Spaniard’s pecking order.

When recently asked about Maitland-Niles, Arteta said, as quoted by the Mirror: “Ainsley needs to put his head down and work hard. Show me every day in training that he wants it more than anyone else, he wants to play for this club and fight for his place.”

It will be interesting to see if the versatile England Under-21 international can get back into contention again soon, but for now it’s good to see that Arteta is being tough on some of these players.

For too long now it’s seemed like we have been carrying a few passengers in the team, and that discipline is not what it could be.

That no longer seems the case under Arteta, who really seems to have stamped down his authority early on here.

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  1. Discipline is a basic must for any successful team. AMN should be able to learn from his mistake and no doubt he is a good player but certain things are not compromisable. Pity the Man City game is postponed but certain things are more important than football. Hope all Arsenal FC players and staff are sound and healthy.

  2. Well done MA,I don’t get it,I played football for about 20 years at a decent level,not once was I late for training or a game,I would actually always be early,I bet city players like Kun,Silva and Co are never late for training and that Pep wouldn’t accept it,I would like to know his excuses for being late, may be he went to bed early he wouldn’t struggle to get up in the morning??

  3. This guy maitland Niles is a joke, I could sense this guy has attitude problem, this sounds familiar, like Alex Song?

    1. This is a typical Arsenal fan (mostly the ones who think they know more) reponse there. One side of the story and now you claim he has an attitude problem.
      Get over yourself.

  4. Discipline is everything and must be applied without fear or favour. Also AMN needs to be nice to his Mum.

    1. of course Yes!bro
      AMN is whack, dont know his problem, he”s among the weeds in Arsenal team which are need to be pulled out.
      i cant imagine Luiz playing cool now,thats the mentality MA has instilled into the team.

  5. Let him go, then you’ll buy him at higher price as time goes on. Maitland-Niles is quality player in defensive midfield

  6. No player is indispensable. No one is bigger than the club. They must all show serious commitment to the course.

  7. And as Arteta has shown, if he listens and learns then he will get another chance. Some don’t like AMN but I think that he is pretty good and worth keeping around – he is at least cover at full back and in the midfield. If Bellerin isn’t able to sufficiently recover then we need him even more.

    At the end of the day if he can’t learn and isn’t willing to play where the manger tells him to play then sell him. Perhaps we should just wait and see how the manager handles the situation.

    1. Stewart, I agree and this must go for any player of course.

      It has been a mystery, because his performances, when out of position, were a credit to him.
      I can’t wait, personally, to see him back in the fold, especially after the Torreria news.
      It would be an ideal opportunity for him to play in the position our official handbook gives him.

      Perhaps the “naming and shaming” of him might just do
      the trick – it seems ridiculous that after joining the club as a scholar in 2013, turning up late sees him leaving The Arsenal.

  8. If this story is true and I have no reason to doubt it, it explains much about why MA has hardly played AM-N. IF TOTAL DESIRE TO BE A REGULAR ARSENAL PLAYER IS ABSENT , YOU MAY AS WELL GET RID OF ANY PLAYER AS HE WILL NEVER MAKE IT HERE, WITHOUT HEART.

  9. Why are my comments appearing with an awaiting approval warning please, Admins? Nothing abusive or filthy in any of them. PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY!

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