Arsenal tell one of their academy graduates to prepare to be sold

Arsenal has told Ainsley Maitland-Niles that he will be made available for transfers this summer, according to the Telegraph.

The midfielder come defender has been a mainstay in Mikel Arteta’s side towards the end of the season.

He starred as the Gunners beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup and secure a spot in next season’s Europa League.

However, he hasn’t exactly established himself as a member of the club’s first team as he is usually just brought in to do a job when a player in that particular position is unavailable.

Despite not being a key member of the team, the report claims that Arteta will want to keep him.

The club, however, needs to make enough money available for Arteta to play around in the transfer market and they have decided to transfer-list him to see how much money they can recoup from his sale.

Arteta’s plan for this transfer window remains unclear, but the Spaniard will want to at least improve on his defence and midfield as both positions have emerged as problem spots for him so far.

Gabriel of Lille has been linked, while Thomas Partey remains their top midfield target. Whether they will be able to sign both players remains to be seen.

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13 Comments

  1. Loki says:

    Are we gonna repeat the Serge Gnabry saga all over again, only to regret it later.

    1. Eddie says:

      AMN requested to leave. Jesus guys it was all over the net. He’s not ready to stay any longer.
      Are you insinuating we force him to stay?
      Even Arteta rates him, but he asked to leave, so there’s nothing we can do than cash in. We need the money anyway

      1. Jo-Gunz says:

        Going by this article, “the reports claims that Arteta will want to keep him”.., I therefore, read some truth in the news that the player himself wants to leave.

  2. Phenom says:

    Every good player needs to play regularly. MA made Xhaka stayed how much more AMN. It’s only in Arsenal that good players sit at the bench. Loki, we will later regret letting him go.

  3. Declan says:

    AMN has done more in his last three games than Kolasinac and a few others have done all season. Whether he asked to go or not it will turn out to be another major blunder on the part of the club management in letting him go. On top of that he will likely be sold for £15 million when he’s worth £30+ million and a far better prospect than Walcott, Iwobi and Ox.
    Likely just being sold to fund Aubamayang’s new contract.

    1. ahmad73 says:

      Given that we sold Sczcesney for 10M, Gnabry for 4M, Bennacer for less than that, and Malen for a paltry sum, then if AMN is sold for 15M, then the front office will need to be congratulated!

  4. Val says:

    I said it a few days ago that he will want to go and get more regular first team football in HIS position.
    You can’t blame the kid to want to progress.
    For me its his versatility that has done him in at Arsenal because he hasnt been able to nail down a spot in his preferred position he has been push out to either fullback / wingback positions instead.
    I can see him gaining that much needed experience playing centrally if he moved on.
    I know from what i;ve read that Arteta likes him but he will probably be in the same position next season by playing anywhere but where he wants to play.
    Personally, i would shelve the Partey transfer and stick AMN in there and say go make it your own.
    But with teh club under so much pressure to get results and get back to the UCL, do we have the luxury of being able to do that?
    no not really, we need a ready made CDM to comein instead

    1. ken1945 says:

      Val, agree with you completely regarding AMN and Partey.

      This player has never let our club down in any game and the way he played in the cup final, showed the talent that is there.

      As Declan says, he’s worth £30 million plus, so why spend an extra £25 million on Partey?
      If they need to get money from anyone, let’s sell Torreira, he wants to leave as well.

      1. Declan says:

        Spot on ken

  5. Grandad says:

    Agree wholeheartedly guys.This is a test of Arteta’s Management skills.He has to convince AMN that he has a big role to play in his Arsenal team for the future.

  6. Kuti says:

    Let the guy go

  7. benex says:

    He should be long gone before now, He’s overrated, I guess Arsenal is cutting their lose.

  8. RFrancis says:

    Earlier this year, I was struggling to understand the underlying reasons and logic for signing injured Cedric Soares on a 4 year contract. I wondered how the Club would justify this dubious contract with an ageing player – clearly at the tail-end of his career. The signing of injured Pablo Mari too showed similar traits, but this discussion will come later.
    Well, the answer for Soares is now clear – by selling the versatile ANM, an academy graduate with a promising career.
    I read on this forum that ANM is one of the fastest, strongest and most athletic squad member. These skills were clearly on display in our recent FA cup win at Wembley. Pundits and opposition players used to berate us for a soft underbelly but recently we have shown the will to fight and win; these are qualities worth preserving, in my humble view. I also read that MA was against this decision to sell ANM, but was over-ruled by the Board.
    As a fan and supporter, I can see no logic or justification for selling ANM particularly when HB – Mr Inconsistent – wants to leave, Mustafi and Calum Chambers are injured and Soares is yet to demonstrate full fitness or the ability to survive for a whole season at RB. Additionally, I cannot see any strategic logic to signing a series of aging or injured players when our rivals are chasing youthful and exciting prospects.

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