Arteta assures Maitland-Niles he will play for the club this season

Mikel Arteta has assured Ainsley Maitland-Niles that he is a part of his plans for the upcoming season after the England international tried to force through a move from the Emirates.

The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom after he saw very limited chances to play for Arsenal.

He returned after failing to help the Baggies secure their top-flight status and was looking forward to more playing time at Arsenal.

That hasn’t happened even after he told Arteta that he wants to play as a right-back now.

The Spanish manager has even played new signing, Nuno Tavares, in that position ahead of him, even though the Portuguese star is primarily a left-back.

The Gunners had a bid from Everton who wanted to take him on loan with a buy option before the transfer market closed.

They turned it down and he took to Instagram to ask the club to allow him to leave so he can play.

He was subsequently banished from first-team training, but The Daily Mail says he has held a clear the air talk with Arteta and has been assured that he would get chances to play for the club this season.

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  1. He will have to play in January through lack of numbers in midfield with Partey and Elneny away at cup of nations.

    1. Maybe this is one the reason he was not let go. He could actually cover the AFCON bound players. But why is my comments been deleted @Admin

    2. He has been in all 4 match day squads so far and has come on in the last 2 matches.

      I am convinced if we revert to 3 at the back, in the future, he will be the right wing back. I am also convinced that he is better than xhaka and Elneny, whilst we might also see him appear as a RW if Pepe or Saka are unavailable

  2. We can’t name a full squad for the EPL apparently.

    We can only name a 23 man squad instead of 25 due to the home grown rule.

    1. That is nonsense.

      We can only name a squad of 77.

      We have 15 non-homegrown players

      We have 6 homegrown players

      We have 6 first team under 21s

      And we have a further 33 academy under 21 players.

      In addition to that we have 23 scholars eligible for the under 18s, under 23s and the first team.

      Do not read all the anti Arsenal agendas that you believe

      1. Lol it’s not an anti Arsenal agenda 🤣 you’re so hell bent of defending MA that you are attacking a simple statement.

        Hence why I said apparently, it’s just what’s being reported at the moment. Relax mate, thanks for the laugh though.

        1. I certainly am not defending anyone, just would like to know where you got your false information from?

          Probably some pathetic site like who cannot even count the Ayers they list and do not have a clue about the club.

          1. I’ve read the same thing on Football.London ,we have the 17 and apparently only 5 or 6 homegrowns.if you Google it you’ll see that several sites are reporting it too.

          2. And all are wrong.

            We have a squad of first team players that total 27. Not 23

            I repeat 15 (out of 17 allowed) non homegrown, and 6 (out of 8) homegrown. In my school 15 + 6 always equalled 21 not 23,

            However we also have 6 under 21s who happen to be some of our best players. Saka, Martinelli, Tavares, Smith-Rowe, Balogun included.

            You can believe all those crappy anti arsenal sites you read if you wish, but me I prefer to deal with the facts.

            We have a smaller squad because everyone one was banging on about the deadwood, hence the club has removed 33 players off the wage bill since June 1st and saved over £2.5m per week, by adding only 6 plus 1 under 23 and 13 first year scholars. You fellas really need to get a new hobby, because following Arsenal is really not your thing.

          3. I read that too. The stupid thing is they were talking about selling 3 hg players and ignoring that we brought in 2! And if you count the players in the squad list that they put in the article, it adds up to 25! Ridiculous, nothing article

  3. After our woeful start to the season Arteta could revert to a back three set up with Tomiyasu at RCB and AMN at RWB.If not,he may figure in central midfield during the African Nations Cup.When he gets a chance he simply has to take it, regardless of where he plays.

    1. Same was said about Wenger. He couldnt properly utilize the strengths Theo and OX..Turned out no other manager could..and that these guys were just average..

  4. Looks like Twitter may have done the trick,after Ornstein/Wheatey tweets confirming that he wanted to play as a full-back plus his own,MA would have had to explain his non selection from then on,since many of us thought that he didn’t want to play as a FB.

  5. So they lied to him, a second season in a row. Arteta is a total disaster. Run away fast, AMN. Mikel has done nothing but ruin this young man’s potential.

    1. Nothing wrong there his own Mother ruined his career for years and he still took no notice of the professional advice he was given, instead preferring to listen to a crack head. Do the people on here even know the Arsenal?
      I am beginning to wonder?

      And the rules about squad limits? Please read up on the rules everyone and then comment.

      1. funny that you’re the one spouting the garbage. Is it his mothers fault Arteta said he wanted to keep him, then didnt used him, and loaned him to a relegation side? As i said, complete garbage from you.

  6. So you hardly played last season, the club goes out and brings in a new shiny RB, a new shiny back-up LB, two new Midfielders ( your so-called preferable position), but you are promised more game time, so unless your are looking for more time at “left-out”, or in a position “on-the-bench”, then am afraid you’ve been played mate.

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