West Ham emerge as potential destination for unwanted Arsenal star

West Ham are claimed to be eyeing a move to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal this summer, with the midfielder deemed surplus to requirements in north London.

The midfielder spent last term on loan in Serie A with Jose Mourinho’s Roma side, but struggled to hold down a regular starting role.

AMN will be expecting even less playing time should he stay at the Emirates beyond the current transfer window also, and with less than 12 months remaining on his current contract, a permanent exit seems ideal for all involved.

The DailyMail claims that the Hammers are considering bringing the versatile star across London this summer, although he is certainly not their only target at present.

Our former academy star has talent, but just didn’t cut it at the top level, although that isn’t to say that he won’t improve further with more playing time.

It feels like he hurt his chances of a long-term role at Arsenal by making it known that he wanted to switch to the midfield as opposed to playing at wing-back/full-back previously.

Hopefully this deal will get done as he must feel a little low with his current squad role, and hopefully he can work his way into a first-team role for his new team.


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  1. Yes it seems best for all concerned if he moves for regular football. He’s not getting much action here unless there’s a real injury crisis.

    WHU may be in a position where they have to overpay for a player whose club don’t need to replace him with just over a week left of the window.

  2. Not the end of the world if he doesn’t go. Can chip in with the odd Europa League minutes, cup matches. Shame we didn’t cash in a couple years ago. Talented guy who never really applied himself as much as he could’ve. I still like AMN as a player a lot even though I know its not gonna work out here.

  3. @RSH
    Hard to say he never applied himself. He was constantly played out of position. And he put in a decent shift every time. His last go in midfield he earned MOTM for, the he was shipped out to Roma to rot on their bench, when we could have used him…IJS

    1. It was his job to convince Arteta he was good enough to play the positions he was asked to do. He has more recently said he will play wherever the manager likes as well. Also, he went to Roma and did nothing. Mourinho didn’t have much to say about him. And one thing we know about Mou is that he also demands maximum effort or you don’t play. I think he’s a great footballer that could’ve battled through the tougher parts of his career better. He did amazing when Arteta first came in and was vital in our FA Cup run. As I said, I still value him, but he could’ve became a really great player.

  4. A much more respectful way of talking about one of our current players Patrick, thank you.

    AMN could have made the difference during our end of season debacle, but was one of the players shipped out to save money, as I see it.

    Perhaps the player himself knew what he could and couldn’t do and his best position?

    MA saw it otherwise and the decision seems to be that he would prosper with his career elsewhere.

    A real shame, but WHU would be a great club to join.

  5. AMN has had occasional good games in MF but overall has been unconvincing.
    He has had some very good games at FB or wing back but does not want to play there. It’s also unclear whether he has the right attitude required to succeed at the highest levels. It has been suggested that this is something that Arteta has questioned in him.

  6. What is apparent is that AMN has not only not convinced enough Arsenal fans that he is good enough but has also not convinced the man in charge either

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