Pundit predicts that unwanted Arsenal player will run down his contract

Kevin Campbell believes there is a very good chance that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will run down his contract at Arsenal and leave the club for free.

The Englishman spent the second half of last season on loan at AS Roma after pushing to leave Arsenal for most of the campaign.

He flopped at the Serie A club and has now returned to the Emirates.

He doesn’t have so many takers in this transfer window, and there is no plan to offer him a new deal even though the current one expires in less than 12 months.

Campbell thinks he is nearing the end of his stint at Arsenal, and he is likely to leave the club as a free agent next season.

He tells Football Insider:

“You could make a case to keep him around.

“But at the end of the day, the levels in this Arsenal squad are moving up – and they’re looking to bring in that next bracket of player.

“So if Maitland-Niles is going to see out the rest of his contract then I understand that.

“We could see him hanging around and playing a role unless someone is going to stump up a fee for him.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Maitland-Niles was a very promising player when he first broke onto the scene at Arsenal, but he hasn’t lived up to the expectations we had of him.

Now is our only chance to make money from his sale, but we might be forced to keep him for the rest of this campaign.

Tags Ainsley Maitland-Niles Kevin Campbell


  1. Another player that has been devalued and handled really badly. We could have got good money for him at one point, i don’t get it.

    1. @Reggie
      We also could have made use of him, instead of letting him rot on the bench at Roma…

      1. NY – your on a roll lately my friend.
        How we could of used him when Tierney was injured – but another player who was sidelined for no apparent reason and that cost us dearly.

  2. Kevin Campbell seems to be regarded by JA as some sort of sage ,instead of the long ago middling player he was.
    Why his opinions are regularly aired on here is a puzzling mystery.
    Personally I ignore them but wanted to ask others to do likewise, hence this post.

    1. How can you say you ignore them Jon. Be honest you are so fixated on KC (who played 224 games for Arsenal after joining as a schoolboy) that you comment on every single one of his posts!

      1. PAT, very obviously, it is YOU who are fixated on KC, NOT I!

        It is you and your site which keeps on trotting out the thoughts of this long ago and non legend ex-player. I have asked you why you do this but you always deflect the question.

        So do NOT accuse me of doing what YOU ARE PLAINLY DOING

        You also use other even non Arsenal long ago nonentities like Agbonlahor and now the WEST HAM PLAYBOY FROM DECADES AGO, McAVVENNIE.

        Why on Earth do you think Gooners are even remotely interested in what non Arsenal nonentities think(assuming “think”is even the correct word for most of them)?

        1. Arsenal “non-entity” Kevin Campbell – Despite Arsenal signing Ian Wright in September 1991, Campbell continued to feature for Arsenal, although he was often in the shadow of his more prolific partner. Nevertheless, he scored several crucial goals for Arsenal such as equalisers against Millwall and Derby County in Arsenal’s victorious 1992–93 campaigns in the FA Cup and League Cup. In the 1993–94 season, he scored 19 goals, his best for the Gunners.He also featured in the victorious 1993–94 European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign, scoring four goals, including one in the semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain. His form for the club waned in 1994–95, and the arrivals of forwards John Hartson and Dennis Bergkamp saw his playing time reduced. In all, Campbell played 224 times for Arsenal, scoring 60 goals.

          1. Exactly right! As I said , A NONENTITY!
            And even were he a legend, which clearly he is not, what difference would that make to us in todays Arsenal, almost thirty years on from his time?

  3. He could get a renaissance like Eddie Nketiah. I think Arteta may want to give chance as RCM in a midfield 3. His versatility will enable him to interchange positions during the game with the right winger and right back.

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