After completing a loan period at West Brom, Ainsley Maitland-Niles wants some clarity from Arsenal over his future.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has made demands from the Gunners regarding his future at the club. He has insisted that he will “kiss Arsenal goodbye” if he doesn’t receive the regular playing time that he deserves.
Maitland-Niles carved his way through the youth academy at Emirates Stadium before getting promoted to the senior team in 2014. Since then, the England international has racked 121 appearances for the Gunners.
However, the 23-year-old was loaned out to West Brom in the second half of the 2020-21 season. And after falling out of the pecking order under Mikel Arteta, Maitland-Niles is now ready to explore new horizons.
Maitland-Niles told The Telegraph of his situation: “If I was to get a phone call from someone at Arsenal and they said they’d like a meeting tomorrow, then it would be easier that way. They can tell me whether they’ve got plans to play me in the future or if they want to sell me. I’ve heard they want to make some space [in the squad] and some money so I’m not sure.”
“I want a decision. I want some clarity. And then hopefully I can get to work with whoever I need to get to work with. Whether that is finding a new club or whether that is carrying on with my training. I would like some kind of indication of what is happening. Where they (Arsenal) see me.”
“If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye. It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that. Maybe they still want to do something and things could change. If not, there’s always other teams.”