Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest want Arsenal outcast

Nottingham Forest is keen to add Arsenal man Ainsley Maitland-Niles to their squad in this transfer window.

The England international spent the last campaign on loan at AS Roma after failing to get playing chances at Arsenal.

The loan stint was a poor one as he couldn’t deliver the performances that Jose Mourinho was hoping for.

He would now return to Arsenal, but Forest could snap him up, according to The Daily Mail.

Steve Cooper’s side has been ambitiously spending money in recent days after they secured their return to the Premier League.

They have broken their transfer record to sign Taiwo Awoniyi, and the report says they consider Maitland-Niles the perfect replacement for Djed Spence who has returned to his parent club, Middlesbrough.

Just Arsenal Opinion

We will not stand in the way of Maitland-Niles if he wants to leave the club, and he is very likely to depart.

He forced his move out of the Emirates and it is a gamble that hasn’t paid off so far. 

Forest’s interest is great for him, and he would hope that they become very serious about it before the transfer window closes.

Money made from his sale will help us gather funds to buy the players on our wishlist.

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  1. Should have sold him last season when we got offered 20 million ,another transfer mis manage by our club .
    Reports suggest we now take half of that .

    1. Yes DK, Its another case of an opportunity to sell unwanted players at the optimum time, missed.

      This long running saga of failing to sell players while they have a value is deeply depressing and its impossible to understand why it KEEPS happening.

      It goes back way back into AW s time and seems to be a decades long curse on our club.

  2. I still don’t get this transfer. He can be a good backup for Tierney or Tomiyasu or Partey and all 3 seem to be injured all the time. Better than Tavares, Cedric or Xhaka.
    I would rather dispose off one of the injured players if a decent offer came in as what good is an injury prone player.
    Remember, officially, RVP spent 8 seasons. At a push he played 2 seasons. Does this mean that anyone who bought a RVP shirt from Arsenal would get a 75% refund retrospectively..

    1. IGL, About RvP and that shirt, its a fair comment. I speak as someone who has never, not once ever , bought or wanted a club shirt for myself.

      I have bought, under pressure, for younger family members though.

      1. For Jon Fox
        I haven’t either. But I feel for the ones who do purchase shirts with their hard earned money without earning huge salaries but still have an emotional attachment which has never been understood by players, management and clubs in general and probably never will.

      2. Likewise, I’ve never bought one either.

        1. The principle of clubs milking supporters by constantly changing kit is greed tbh.

        2. To my people, it’s not the done thing to wear sports clothes unless you’re actually playing sports (that includes trainers although I do wear them for gardening etc).

        I expect there’ll be a storm of derisive comments over that!

    2. I also wondered if AMN would be kept as backup but then I thought hang on, he’s forced a move away because he wasn’t getting enough game time in the first team, so he probably wouldn’t be happy to accept that role.

      Also MA has said that he wants competition for each role, not mere backup.

      Not always easy to know what’s going on behind the scenes in a player’s mind.

    3. I agree 100% IGL….but all of that means nothing if he is rated by the manager and won’t see the field. From what we’ve seen so far, you’d likely say he’d stay on the bench even if he would be useful.

  3. This poor kid need to gather his marbles quickly and realize right back is his breadbasket.

    1. @Gunsmoke
      He’s the best and only real utility player we have. He’s rarely injured and as IGL pointed out, is better than most of our midfield players. It would be foolish to sell him, since most of you are always going on about squad depth…IJS

      1. Lol, NY_Gunner I really think he’s a decent player, unfortunately his versatility is to his own detriment.

        What am sensing is that he hasn’t got smart people’s around him, you can tell Saka is bless with that.

        Your argument that he is the best utility player we have , has some merit, on his day no center foward go pass him, just think a consistent run in a Wolves team would make our conversation different, but he must at some point get it in that thick head right back is his best position, he’s no Santi Cozorla or Diaby

  4. To me, AMN is a very good player considering our current lot, he can fill in at LB, RB and DM. I dont understand why MA doesnt rate him and I would rather sell Xhaka and Torreira, loan ASL and Tavares and keep AMN.

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