‘It will be amazing’ – Bent excited to hear Crystal Palace could land Arsenal midfielder

Marcus Bent is excited at the prospect of Crystal Palace striking a deal to sign Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer.

Former Gunners legend Patrick Vieira is believed to be close to being announced as the club’s new manager after Roy Hodgson stepped down at the end of the season, and his arrival could well be a boost to negotiations with Arsenal.

Palace are believed to be interested in a deal to sign Maitland-Niles this summer, with the midfielder having enjoyed a first-team role with West Brom at the back end of last season, as well as a return to his favoured midfield role, one which doesn’t appear likely under Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

AMN has mostly featured at right-back, left-back or at wing-back in recent seasons at the Emirates, but it was made known that he preferred a midfield role, and he could well get the opportunity at Palace.

Marcus Bent is excited about a potential deal to bring him to his former club, describing his signing as ‘amazing’, albeit on loan or a more permanent deal.

“I think that’s his level, whether they sign him or take him on loan,” Bent told the FootballFancast. “It will be amazing for Palace to sign him, he’s still in London, and they play quick, attacking football.”

Would Maitland-Niles flourish with Crystal Palace? Could Arsenal regret not giving AMN a chance to make his markin our midfield?


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  1. Arsenal would REGRET selling AMN to Crystal Palace or any EPL side!!
    With Patrick Vieira, he will be turned into a Midfield Dynamo!!
    Let’s Pray this doesn’t turn into Another Emi Martinez Saga!!
    Watching your Player Shining in another club, with silent tears in your eyes.😕😄😄
    He should be Left in our team as Back-up Midfielder to Bissouma, Lokonga I.e. the CAM we will Buy!!🙂

  2. Having been a fan of AMN for some time, I have come to the conclusion that he is a player who has limited skills and can only function effectively on the right side of the pitch as a RB, RWB,or RW.In other positions he simply does not have enough football intelligence to link well with other players and he can barely kick a ball with his left foot.His main asset is his athleticism off the ball but unfortunately he cannot convert this asset when it comes to decision making.With some regret I feel the time has come for him to move on, and a move to Palace would seem to suit all concerned.

    1. Given his performances as RB/RWB in the run of games to win the 2020FA Cup, I was disappointed that he wasn’t given more playing time in those positions and convinced that there was where his future lay.
      It is unfortunate that he wants to play in midfield; however if he ends up at Crystal Palace under Patrick Viera, he couldn’t find a better mentor.

      1. Usually agree with most you say Ozziegunner, but this F A cup run thing with AMN drives me nuts (nothing new there !)

        Rather like a golfer with a hole in one, you can’t build a career on a couple of games. – let’s face it what do folk ever refer to otherwise re’ AMN ?

        M-N came into the eventual cup winning side, and performed as I would expect from any Arsenal squad player being called upon – otherwise why are they with us ?

        He has had chances since, and in the main been poor, often citing “out of position”.

        For example – although Xhaka is more experienced, I thought whilst filling in at both C/B and L/B last year he did a good job – and got on with it.

        It happens.

        AMN was handed a chance to oust Bellerin – failed and whinged.

        Chambers took that chance.

        M-N has worked under three first team managers who clearly did not see enough in him.

        Then off to WBA on loan.

        Read the West Brom’ fan sites – they do not make convincing reading shall we say – and this was often in his desired central midfield role where he was going to “show the world how good he is”.

        In fact he was benched by Allardyce more than once during his time with them.

        Smacks a little of having a too high opinion of himself, without backing it up where it matters.

        Lower reaches of the premiership if he’s lucky – certainly, for me, not for Arsenal particularly in a rebuilding phase.

        I’m sure we’ll agree over the next issue 😉

    2. AM-N is just about PALACE’s level. As GRANDAD says, he is very right footed and just has not progressed as we all hoped around three seasons ago. He has now peaked imo and would be well advised to go to a PALACE type level club. For Arsenal he is simply not good enough, even though some still hope , rather foolishly. that he will improve. He wont, not enough for US, anyway.

  3. Good point Vincent, but I guess the silent tears with match the regular support at Arsenal.

    Should AMN come to Palace? Not if he wants first team football.

  4. Palace – he may survive, just.

    I’m having a lie down.

    If I understood correctly, I think I just read AMN compared to Vieria !

    And earlier Runnarson to Leno.

    Plots being lost left right and centre !!!

    J A being trolled surely.

  5. AMN should be moved on and the money used for rebuilding,Arsenal’s decline for almost a decade has been a result of having very many average and overrated players.Arsenal in this rebulding period should focus on having a team which is well trimmed and full of quality players rather than an oversize team full of mediocre players.

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