18 Oct

Arsenal make u-turn on Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future after Wolves talks

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal make u-turn on Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future after Wolves talks Metro Sport ReporterSunday 30 Aug 2020 4:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks set to stay at Arsenal. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal are set to open talks with Ainsley Maitland-Niles over a new deal at the club after deciding against allowing the defender to join Wolves.Wolves had been keen to sign the 23-year-old and they had an opening bid of £15million rejected by the Gunners last week.Given Arsenal’s financial worries, the club had originally decided that Maitland-Niles would be allowed to leave as they hoped to recoup as much as £20m for the London-born ace. However, Sky Sports report that Mikel Arteta has had a change of heart and now wants to keep the defender at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite having three years left on his existing deal, Arsenal are now willing to offer Maitland-Niles an extension on better terms to reflect his progress in the last 12 months. Advertisement Maitland-Niles had been close to joining Wolves (Picture: Getty)The defender was named Man of the Match after Arsenal’s Community Shield win against Liverpool on Saturday and Arteta express hide happiness with his display afterwards. ‘He has to be able to convince me every day in training that he can compete at this level. Not once every three months – but every three days,’ said Arteta.‘The way he is playing at the moment is showing me that he can do it. His mentality and the way he is going about every single detail about the preparation of a football game is much better than before.‘I am delighted and very happy for him because he is really changing a lot of things around him to become the player he can be’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySuch has been the rate of Maitland-Niles’ progression, the defender was called-up into the England squad last night. The defender will meet up with his new international team-mates on Monday ahead of games against Denmark and Iceland.MORE: Emiliano Martinez close to signing new Arsenal contractlast_img

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