Official – Ainsley Maitland-Niles completes WBA move

Arsenal has loaned out Ainsley Maitland-Niles to West Brom as he looks for more first-team action.

The England international started this season as one of the club’s trusted men, but he fell down the pecking order as the campaign went on.

He had earned an England call up at the start of the season, but he risked missing out on a place in England’s team for the Euros later in the year.

With his team facing a relegation back to the Championship, and Maitland-Niles looking for first-team action, Sam Allardyce swooped in to land him.

The 23-year-old has always seen himself as a midfielder, but he has hardly been used in that position at Arsenal. Instead, the Gunners have used him as a wingback more often than not.

He had interest from the likes of Southampton and Leicester City also, and getting a midfield spot as well as a guarantee of playing time was always going to play an important role in where he plays next, and he has chosen WBA, as confirmed by Arsenal.

The Baggies are currently 19th on the league table after collecting just 12 points from 21 matches. They face a race against time to climb up from the foot of the league table but they have a win and a draw from their last five matches to hand themselves a boost.

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19 Comments

  1. Gunner4life says:

    Good luck AMN. Get some 90mins under your belt. Gonna miss you in the Europa league. Alongside Perreria it can work.

  2. Joe. S says:

    It’s all about reduced wage bills rather than squad building. With our injury problems it’s also high risk. The bench was already thin against Manure and can only see it getting worse. It must pay to be in Mikel’s good books Eh!, Granit Mo and William.

  3. ozziegunner says:

    AMN did not choose West Bromwich Albion; Arsenal rate AMN so highly they would not allow him to go to Leicester City or Southampton, because they do want to strengthen these clubs.
    Good luck Ashley. Show Sam Alladyce what you can do and learn from one of the most experienced managers in the EPL. Maybe you will return to Arsenal as a proven DM, save Arsenal money or earn yourself and Arsenal a transfer to a top club.

    1. Loose Cannon says:

      Agree, with big Sam, he will learn the art of defending and will do well as he is quite physical too. Wish him and Joe luck and return stronger.
      Arsenal will be better on and off the pitch without Ozil, Kolasinac, Mustafi and Socrates.
      We do have a serious looking bench with Ryan, Ode, Gabriel, Pepe. Just hope Willian finds his form back, require him for the final push for a top 6 or maybe even top 4 if we have luck.

    2. ozziegunner says:

      Ainsley!

  4. Lugdush says:

    I’m worry about our lb / rb options…we have only 3, one of those already injured and a lot of games ahead of us with a pretty tight agenda…what would arteta do to dosify and get rest to our players? Chambers at rb and Cédric playing us backup for Tierney? Pls dont tell me saka, because he Is already burned out and que need him as md/ rw, with Pepe fighting for the place too

  5. Armoury says:

    I really criticise this decision because it’s not professional decision. This is solely base on hate. What does it take for Arteta to forgive Maitland-Niles and Gouendouzi? The two guys plays much better than most of Arteta’s favourites. What is he gonna learn at Wesbrom? His standard is much higher than that of Wesbrom.

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Armoury do you even know the true meaning of the word “hate” you keep talking about?

    2. Baba sagna says:

      I highly recommend you put forward your application letter to arsenal for immediate appointment. It’s obvious that you know more than Arteta, his staff and the board. Good luck man… 😁😁😁😁😁😁

  6. instrooments says:

    Sending out was risky but necessary too….He is talented and needs game time to gain confidence….

    We are short at wingbacks…I hope arteta doesn’t convert saka back to LB….I rather see pepe play LB since auba is back..or martinelli or Gabriel till Tierney returns.

    Let’s see how it goes though

    1. ozziegunner says:

      As well as Kieran Tierney LB, Cedric Soares and Hector Bellerin RB’s, Arsenal have Joel Lopez a LB in the U23’s, two left footed CB’s and Chambers, came to Arsenal as a RB.

  7. Mrcool says:

    I wish AMN all the very best at WBA.

  8. Gunner4life says:

    Certain players were never being moved on. Why not Bellerin,(oh yeah he is Spanish) high earner, good service, frees up space for AMN.

    1. Dan kit says:

      Why not Bellerin ?
      Probably because he’s been playing excellent this season

    2. ozziegunner says:

      And Gunner4Life, Bellerin lived with Arteta when he came from Barcelona to Arsenal.

      1. Dan kit says:

        So Ozzie you think that Bellerin is getting picked because he’s Spanish and because they lived together ?
        Maybe he just rates him as a player ,not a d a catwalk model as you call him .

        1. Dan kit says:

          As a catwalk *

  9. A J says:

    Agree Dan kit.

    And they way he’s currently performing (on the left by the way) Cedric would be next up at R/B anyway.

    I not a huge Bellerin fan, but he has been playing well of late – so let’s drop him, keep the average AMN and ignore Cedric as next option on the right ????

    Look at the R/B Berth in the summer, but in the window just gone – and for AMN ?

    No “grudge”, no “punishment (for what ?) M A simply considers Ainsley is not good enough to play for Arsenal Football Club’s first team – and this will unfold over the summer.

    The above seems to be a fact that the cult of AMN refuse to accept, despite repeated poor performances when selected – oh, sorry I forget he doesn’t want to play where used when asked to.

    Bust a gut pal, this is the Arsenal -take your chances wherever they may fall ’cause you ain’t getting in our midfield – another obvious fact.

  10. Armoury says:

    I just wish that Willian and Xhaka should go out on loan because they lack the basics of football, not Maitland-Niles

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