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Ainsley Maitland-Niles Transfer: Arsenal send him to reserves, Instagram statement, offer made

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ Arsenal career seemed to be coming to an end this summer following his loan stint with Sam Allardyce’s West Brom last season.

The 24-year-old, who was once integral to Mikel Arteta’s 3-4-3 system, fell down the pecking order at the club before being mooted as a potential makeweight in a player-plus-cash offer to bring James Maddison to the Emirates Stadium from Leicester.

However, no such deal happened as the Gunners opted to sign Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard instead before Everton lodged an interest in Maitland-Niles.

With that said, here is a round-up of football.london knows so far concerning the Englishman’s future in north London.

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Everton interest

The Athletic had reported that Everton were interested in bringing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Goodison Park before the transfer window slams shut on Tuesday night.

The Toffees’ head coach Rafa Benitez is thought to be keen to bring the Englishman to the club, admiring his versatility and know-how to be able to play proficiently both at full-back and in midfield.

Everton’s bid was a season-long loan, with an option to buy, something that Arsenal were reportedly unwilling to accept before telling the player they wanted him to stay in north London this season, despite his current contract having less than two years to run.

Instagram statement

The 24-year-old took to social media to voice his frustrations on Monday afternoon when the north London club decided that they would not be allowing him to join Everton.

His Instagram story read: “All I wanna (sic) do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play @Arsenal.”

It was a bold move from Maitland-Niles, who is clearly upset with his current situation at the club, failing to start a single game this season, with Portuguese full-back Cedric Soares and English defender Calum Chambers preferred to him at right-back so far this term.

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Reserve training

Maitland-Niles’ social media post was understandably not received very well by head coach Mikel Arteta, who told him he wouldn’t be training with the first team on Tuesday morning, according to The Daily Mirror.

The Gunners have now told him he will not be with the first team squad this week, despite rejecting Everton’s aforementioned proposal.

Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny was preferred to Maitland-Niles for the Carabao Cup tie against West Brom last week, with the former Ipswich loanee playing just 30 minutes of the match at The Hawthorns.

Similarly, he played the final 20 minutes against City at the weekend, at which point Arteta’s side were already 4-0 down.

Lineker reaction

Former Tottenham and England icon Gary Lineker took to social media to voice his sympathy for Maitland-Niles, claiming that players ‘never win’ following news that the Hale End graduate had been ostracised from the first team group in training.

“Another example of how clubs can behave,” Lineker said on Twitter.

“Players will never win under these circumstances as fans will always, understandably, side with their club. Doesn’t make it right, though.”

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