Ainsley Maitland-Niles has recently opened up on his decision to depart Arsenal on loan.
Maitland-Niles under Mikel Arteta
Maitland-Niels is, of course, one of countless young talents to come through the Arsenal youth ranks in recent years.
However, at 23, the Englishman was no doubt hoping to have cemented himself as a regular feature for the Gunners by that age.
During 2019/20, Maitland-Niles did become a fairly regular feature once Mikel Arteta took the reins.
The versatile midfielder was key to Arsenal’s FA Cup success, playing 90 minutes in the quarter-final, semi-final and final, which Arsenal of course won 2-1.
However, the first half of 2020/21 would see Maitland-Niles’ game time reduced a fair bit.
The main reason for this was that Arteta had largely used him in a wing-back role in a back-five, but Arsenal have, for the most part, shifted to a back-four this term.
Why Maitland-Niles wanted loan move
And though Maitland-Niles is a midfielder by trade, Arteta clearly didn’t see him as that.
As a result, with opportunities limited in north London, AMN opted to join West Brom on loan in the winter window.
The Arsenal youth has since feature five times for the Baggies, all from a central midfield position.
And now, Maitland-Niles has opened up on his decision to depart the Emirates, citing playing time as his main reason for doing so:
“It’s another loan deal, you are going to end up going back to the club eventually.
“It was just more of a chance for me to show what I’m capable of other than sitting on the bench for the rest of the season and rotting away.
“The main reason was being able to play as there’s nothing better than playing. I felt it would be great to experience the work of people trying to save their careers and stay in the Premier League.
“I think it was the perfect fit for me to be here and show them the qualities I can produce.”
Quotes via Goal.
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