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On Monday afternoon, the 24-year-old midfielder, who has been at Arsenal since the age of 6, pleaded with the North London club to let him leave for somewhere he is "wanted".
:rotating_light: Ainsley Maitland-Niles on Instagram :rotating_light: pic.twitter.com/MkGHcEUGUV- David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 30, 2021
The bid is said to have been a loan with an option to buy but that approach was swiftly rejected by Arsenal; a decision that has clearly left Maitland-Niles irritated as he continues to struggle for first-team opportunities under Arteta.
And now, The Mirror report that the club have stopped the player from training with the first-team this week as a result, even though they are keen for him to stay at The Emirates.
After his move to Everton was blocked, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been told he won't be training with the Arsenal first team. More @MirrorFootball- John Cross (@johncrossmirror) August 31, 2021
This one needs resolving... player wants to play.- John Cross (@johncrossmirror) August 31, 2021
In addition to his frustrations of not being allowed to leave, the 24-year-old told Arsenal he wanted to play as a right-back this season, according to The Athletic, but he appears to be behind Cedric Soares and Hector Bellerin in the pecking order.
In fact, Spanish full-back Bellerin is set to complete a transfer deadline day move to Real Betis, according to Arsenal reporter Chris Wheatley, which could make things even more difficult for Maitland-Niles to leave Arsenal in the coming hours.
It is believed Maitland-Niles, who spent last season on loan at West Brom, held talks with both Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu on Monday to try and resolve his future but as things stand, it seems he is going nowhere for the time being.
#Everton target Ainsley Maitland-Niles still wants to leave #Arsenal today but move has been made difficult by Hector Bellerin's proposed move to Real Betis, which was first reported by @ChrisWheatley_. More in my column at 9am. #AFC- Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) August 31, 2021
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