Arteta explains decision to let Maitland-Niles leave on loan – Arseblog News

Arteta explains decision to let Maitland-Niles leave on loan - Arseblog News
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Mikel Arteta explained the decision to allow Ainsley Maitland-Niles to leave on loan to Roma, saying the player had come to him to ask to leave.

The 24-year-old appeared set to leave in the summer window, even posting on Instagram about his displeasure at not making a deal with Everton. He stayed, played when needed, but had just over 250 minutes left in the Premier League.

One way from Rome saw Maitland-Niles having a direct conversation with his manager, asking him for a chance to leave and play more regularly – and the Spaniard didn’t stand in his way.

“Well, Ainsley came to me and explained his reasons why he thinks the best thing for him and his career now is to walk away,” Arteta revealed at his press conference this afternoon.

“He thought that Roma’s chance to work with Jose was really good. We had this conversation already in the summer and decided to keep him at the club and assess the situation in December.

“To be fair, with the amount of minutes he played, he was entitled to that opportunity, and when a player feels that way – and he has a strong argument as he had – it’s very hard to take that away.

“Therefore, we have decided to let him go and wish him the best.”

The fact that it leaves his side light in midfield was something Arteta had to reckon with, but he felt the best decision in the end was to agree to leave and look for a replacement in the transfer market.

“We are very, very short at the moment,” he said loudly to the owners and council to listen (!).

“But to be fair to the player, that can’t be the only argument for trying to keep someone, a player that has been developed and promoted through our academy. A player who has been patient in many moments to try and make his dream come true.

“He’s been upfront with me and I understand the situation, so I think it’s a good choice.

“Obviously we’re going to move, and we’re going to look for options because we’re very short there.”

Good luck Ainsley, and let’s see what the transfer market brings.

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