Mikel Arteta has suggested that Ainsley Maitland-Niles could still have a future at Arsenal.
The 23-year-old confirmed his move from the Gunners to West Brom for the remainder of the season, with minutes remaining until the day of the transfer deadline.
The reason for the move is their shared dissatisfaction with the lack of playing time and the fact that he is played almost everywhere except his preferred position.
However, after the signing was confirmed, Arteta hinted that the youngster could still play a role in the Emirates if the move goes well.
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“Ainsley is a very talented player and we take pride in his hard work and development with us,” he told Arsenal.com.
“This decision to go on loan to West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of this season is intended to further support Ainsley and its growth.
“He will work for a very good club in the Premier League and we all wish him the best of luck with the Hawthorns.”
The fact that he’s made to support his growth seems to suggest that Arteta would like the player to come back and become part of his squad at Arsenal next season.
Maitland-Niles was on the verge of making a permanent move to Wolves last summer but was convinced to stick with the Gunners boss, who looks like he still wants him with him.
Technical Director Edu echoed Arteta’s views and suggested that Maitland-Niles still has the opportunity to make it as a regular first team member in the Emirates.
The Brazilian also emphasized how important the English international’s request for playing time had been in influencing the decision in view of the upcoming euros.
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“We wish Ainsley the best of luck with his time at West Bromwich Albion,” he said.
“He deserves the opportunity to consistently play what he needs for his club and international career goals and we fully support him.”
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