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Ainsley Maitland-Niles ‘set to leave Arsenal’ as part of Mikel Arteta rebuild

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is expected to leave Arsenal when the summer transfer window opens after falling out of contention under new boss Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners are in desperate need of a squad overhaul this summer, with an alarming return of nine wins in 28 games leaving them down in ninth before the Premier League season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But with matchday revenues currently unavailable and finances depleted, Arteta will almost certainly need to sell players in order to raise funds for reinforcements.

And according to The Athletic , Maitland-Niles is likely to be moved on in the summer window.

Mikel Arteta will need to sell players to raise funds for new Arsenal recruits this summer

The 22-year-old, who joined the club as a six-year-old, has racked up 91 appearances for Arsenal since making his debut in 2014.

He featured 28 times in Arsene Wenger’s final season at the Emirates, while making 30 appearances under Unai Emery in the 2018/19 campaign.

Under Arteta, however, Maitland-Niles appears to have fallen out of favour.

And Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be one of the players shown the door

After starting in the new Gunners manager’s first five league outings, he had to settle for a place on the bench in January’s 2-2 draw away at Chelsea.

Since then, the right-back has failed to make it into Arteta’s squad completely.

It is believed the Spaniard axed him for failing to meet his high standards, having arrived late to training on a number of occasions.

Maitland-Niles has fallen out of favour under Arteta
Maitland-Niles has fallen out of favour under Arteta

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Arteta currently has four right-backs at his disposal: Maitland-Niles, Callum Chambers, Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares – meaning one is likely to be offloaded this summer.

And given Maitland-Niles’ lack of action since January, as well as his unpunctuality, it looks increasingly likely he will be shown the door.

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Reports suggested back in March that Serie A giants AC Milan and Inter were eyeing up a potential deal for the youngster.

Milan are said to be on the hunt for a new right-back amid Andrea Conti and Davide Calabria’s struggles on that side.

Maitland-Niles is under contract until 2023, nonetheless, meaning Arsenal could demand a significant fee for his services.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/ainsley-maitland-niles-set-leave-22075874

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