Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Arsenal defender set for Emirates exit for lack of game time

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Arsenal defender set for Emirates exit for lack of game time

- Ainsley Maitland-Niles has found first team football hard to come by under Mikel Arteta

- The Arsenal boss appears to be preferring Hector Bellerin and new signing Cedric Soares in the right-back

- Maitland-Niles is contracted with Arsenal until 2023 but clubs in Germany and England are thought to be interested to snap him up from the Emirates

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Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be on his way out of the club this summer after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

Maitland-Niles has been sparingly used since the arrival of Arteta as manager at the Emirates, with the youngster struggling to hold down a regular first-team spot.

According to Mirror UK citing The Athletic, the 22-year-old feels Arteta does not trust him enough to afford him more game time.

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The Gunners' boss has appeared to prefer Hector Bellerin as his first choice in the right side of his defence, with new signing Cedric Soares providing cover.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Arsenal defender set for Emirates exit for lack of game time

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has found first team football hard to come by under Mikel Arteta. Photo: Getty Images.
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Arteta had shown faith in the promising defender during his early days as manager at the club back in December 2019, handing him a starting role in all of his first six matches.

However, Maitland-Niles has played in just four of the 12 games, being limited to just 70 minutes of action in the process.

The Englishman is now believed to have given up hope of returning into Arteta's first-team plans and could now look elsewhere.

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Despite being under contract until 2023, he is hopeful of securing a way out this summer as he continues his development.

It is said clubs in England and Germany are monitoring the wing back's situation at the north London club.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Arsenal have increased their chances of taking part in Europa League next season following their surprise 2-1 win over champions Liverpool on Wednesday night, July 15.

The Gunners were keen to return to winning ways following their derby defeat to Tottenham at the weekend.

However, they had to come from a goal down at the Emirates to stage a dramatic comeback to secure all the three points.

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