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Arteta’s pre-Liverpool press conference – Willian, Aubameyang, Gabriel, and more 0

Posted on August 27, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal, as the FA Cup winners, are set to face Premier League champions Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday, and head coach Mikel Arteta spoke to the press ahead of the match, providing some updates on the likes of Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and others.

First of all, the boss was asked about Willian adapting to new surroundings. The Brazilian winger will certainly need some time to absorb all the new stuff around him, but he undoubtedly possesses the right qualities to make it as an Arsenal player and help the team going forward. The coach is obviously impressed with the attitude of the 32-year-old, who, having won a lot in his career, is still hungry for more.

Arsenal reject Wolves opening bid for Maitland-Niles 0

Posted on August 26, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have rejected a bid of £15 million from Wolverhampton Wanderers for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to several sources.

The 22-year-old is contracted to Arsenal for three more years, but his services are apparently deemed surplus to requirements by head coach Mikel Arteta. The club are consequently open to offers as they seek to raise funds for further incoming transfers, following the arrival of 32-year-old winger Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer. Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes is reportedly set to come in as well, for a fee set at €30m (£27m). Arsenal’s reported desire to sign midfielders Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid or Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona will likely depend on the willingness of either club to accept the services of Matteo Guendouzi as part of the deal.

Wolves close in on Maitland-Niles signing 0

Posted on August 25, 2020 by Harry Kettle

The summer transfer window has already been pretty hectic with clubs up and down the Premier League bringing players in and selling players out in equal measure. Arsenal have been no different, and while there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the prospects that Mikel Arteta wants to bring into the fold at the Emirates, you also have to question some of his outgoings.

One of the biggest, allegedly, is going to be Ainsley Maitland-Niles. At the age of just 22, the youngster has been heavily linked with a move to fellow top flight club Wolverhampton Wanderers. It doesn’t appear as if the deal has been signed, sealed and delivered just yet, but Nuno Espirito Santo does seem to be closing in on his man.

Three-way race for Maitland-Niles on the horizon? 0

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

As reported by Sky Sports, three clubs are currently preparing offers they intent to send Arsenal’s way for the services of Ainsley Maitlan-Niles.

The news that the 22-year-old is contemplating Arsenal departure was first broken by the ever-reliable David Ornstein for The Athletic in mid-July. The respected journalist wrote that the player was unhappy with a lack of game-time, though head coach Mikel Arteta has given him a fair amount of minutes since then, taking the number of his appearances in the 2019/20 season to a total of 32 in all competitions.

Brighton interested in Maitland-Niles 0

Posted on July 21, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal this summer, according to the Evening Standard.

As recently revealed by David Ornstein of The Athletic, the 22-year-old versatile wide man has decided his future development would be best served away from the Emirates and wants to leave the club, feeling that other academy graduates have overtaken him on the path of regular first-team members.

Having made a 14-minute cameo in the win against Premier League champions Liverpool and started the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City last week, his appearance tally in all competitions in the Arsenal shirt stands at 98, mostly at right-back or right wing-back, with three goals and five assists. This season he has racked up 21 starts and 10 inclusions off the bench.

Maitland-Niles intends to leave Arsenal 0

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has come through the ranks at the club’s academy, and apart from a season-long loan at Ipswich Town in 2015/16, he has been with Arsenal his entire football career so far. However, as exclusively revealed by David Ornstein of The Athletic, he has now decided that it is in his best interest to leave the club.

Looking at it from his own perspective, it’s hard to disagree. As Ornstein rightly points out, the 22-year-old is a winger by default used as a make-shift right-back for most of his senior career due to frequent injury absences of Hector Bellerin in previous seasons, and he has seen other academy graduates move past him on the development track.

Plans afoot for summer overhaul? 0

Posted on March 08, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal’s results have started gradually improving since Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December. Much more seems to be in place than before. There are clear ideas being implemented on the pitch, with every player working as hard as he can to fulfill the task given to him. However, it is the job of every manager to take constant looks at the squad at his disposal and ponder possible improvements; what needs to be strengthened, who are the players potentially not up to the standards required, would there be enough depth without them, and who could possibly take their places.

Maitland-Niles ready to make an impact 0

Posted on October 16, 2019 by Harry Kettle

There are plenty of youngsters trying to make a name for themselves within Arsenal Football Club, whether that be in the first team squad itself or during a spell out on loan somewhere. Whatever the case may be it’s seemingly never been more difficult to break into the Gunners’ starting XI, with one man who can vouch for that being Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The Englishman recently took part in an interview with, during which he opened up about his progress as a player and what he is hoping to achieve in the season ahead.

Arsenal v Brighton Premier League Preview 0

Posted on May 04, 2019 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host Brighton at the Emirates Stadium, in potentially a vital Premier League clash for both teams.

Arsenal head into this clash on the back of a 3-1 win over Valencia in the Europa League semi-final first leg. However, prior to their clash with Los Ches, the Gunners had suffered three straight defeats in the Premier League. The poor run of form has left Unai Emery’s team fifth-place in the top-flight table, two points behind fourth-place Chelsea.

The Gunners have conceded at least twice in those aforementioned top-flight defeats too, including in a 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace in their last home league outing.

Maitland-Niles is a stud 0

Posted on February 10, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s often hard to measure the success or quality of a footballer at the age of 21, regardless of what some fans may have you believe. They’re often going to be developing and progressing for a few more years yet, and when they reach the age of around 25, you can probably get a good idea of how their career is going to turn out. So then, to all of the Arsenal fans who felt the need to criticise Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ performance against Huddersfield at the weekend, we’d be curious to know what it is you do on a day to day basis.

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