“I think he will pursue an exit in the summer” Campbell reckons England international will want to leave Arsenal

Kevin Campbell reckons that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will ask to leave Arsenal at the end of this season if he continues to be snubbed by Mikel Arteta.

The Englishman has recently won his first England cap because of his fine start to the season.

Yet, he has lost his place in the Arsenal first team in recent weeks.

Arteta had trusted him with game time when the campaign started, and he took his opportunity well.

But as the season went on, he has been sidelined at the club and Campbell thinks the current snub makes no sense.

He says that the midfielder has already proven himself at club and international level and he simply has to play.

He admits that Maitland-Niles loves Arsenal, but at the moment, what he needs is playing time, and if he cannot get that at the Emirates, he would be better off leaving for another team.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected Maitland-Niles to look to exit the club in 2021, Campbell said: “I think he will pursue an exit in the summer.

“Although he loves the club, he is an England international now – he has to play football.

“There is no point loving the club and being a bit-part player. You have proven you can do it on numerous occasions, you are a full England international and you are on the bench…

“That is not going to last.”

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  1. Would be a massive loss. Maybe I’d take back what I said about Bellerin and and push him out the door if it meant we could get AMN into the team. Really believe this guy has massive potential and will gel with the other young players. Just needs to identify a position to focus on in my view

  2. I think Campbell will be proved correct.Like you Davi , I am a fan of AMN , but for whatever reason Arteta does not have sufficient trust in him to consider him a fixture in his first eleven.One thing I can say with a degree of certainty, is that there will be a number of EPL Clubs interested in him including, Wolves, Leeds and perhaps West Ham and Leeds.If he is only a bit part player at Arsenal he has to move .

      1. There must be a reason why 4 different coaches never really trust him, I’m not saying he’s a bad player but Arsene wenger always used him as a back up player, same with Emery Freddie and now Arteta. Personally If we can get around 30million for him I think we should sell him.

  3. Always liked this lad’s attitude and because of his versatility he gets shunted around in different positions. He has the pace, technical ability and dynamism to play in midfield alongside Thomas Partey instead of either Ceballos or Elneny. It will be to our loss if he goes but wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

  4. Keep the youngsters, get the older ones out.

    Xhaka & Elneny can leave for a good sum between them and AMN could slip in alongside Partey and help with a new signing in the middle without breaking the bank.

    Same with Auba & Laca, if Laca signs a new deal I’d be happy but not for the money that Auba gets, nor should Auba or Ozil be over the 200k a week mark. Both can be sold and replaced with Eduard from Celtic imo. Man can hold ball up, finish consistently with feet & head, quick for his size plus is young also and can learn as the older guys are letting us down.

    Then goes Mustafi, Luiz and Papa. Pepe & Willian should be up for transfer also.

    1. I will be pissed if we let AMN leave. Torreira left because Xhaka was played ahead of him and I will choose Torreira ahead of Xhaka any day.

      I see a dominate midfield in AMN and Partey. The best we could have and in AMN leaves and Xhaka is still around, I will never forgive MA

      1. You mean the same torreira thay still can’t break into Madrid first team, please let’s just trust the coach decision after all they are the one who see them train everyday.

  5. well for an international player to be on the bench shows something is wrong.He needs playing time

  6. Arteta has hurt the club many times with his selections, big part of why we’re low in the table.

    Willian gets continuous starts yet offers nothing. Could Nelson be worse? At least Nelson takes on defenders, apparently Willian can’t or won’t.

    Saliba one of best young defenders, his former CB partner (less talented of the 2) starts at Leicester, but error prone Mustafi is favored to start? Saliba didn’t make Europa squad, but how many GK, and academy players did?

    In 14th, and Arteta selects CB’s who won’t be here after this year; Luiz & Mustafi?

    AMN struggles to get in starting 11; despite being better defender than Bellerin, and offers more than Elneny and IMHO Xhaka as well.

    Hope club tells Arteta to get used to Gabriel / Saliba partnership, it’s club’s future.

    To me Arteta’s decisions have been about establishing his authority, and a stubbornness to correct mistakes. He should play to the strengths of the players at the club, rather than reinventing the wheel; Xhaka & Ceballos dropping back to play as FB’s, Willian as striker, Luiz as deep playmaker, etc….

    Hopefully experience changes this, time will tell. One thing I guarantee is Kronke won’t fund a squad of Arteta’s choosing. Wenger never got the chance for an 11 of his choosing, only a core. I sense the same limits for Arteta based on record of Kronke’s ownership.

  7. As with other posts on here, I am mystified why AMN cannot get into a team where all of Xhaka, Elneny and Bellerin can and do. That makes no sense and even though I support MA to the hilt, this decision stinks to high Heaven.

    Why pick players who are, respectively, clumsy and ponderous; limited and cautious; hopelessly inept at defending. AMN has NONE of those faults yet cannot get picked! Its a nonsense!

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