Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been one of Arsenal’s most utilized utility players of the past decade, with the player filling in on literally all positions of the field when need arised. Maitland Niles has however filled in more often at the Right back position, for the usually injured Hector Bellerin and that is probably the biggest reason he at soon be exiting the club.
It was reported earlier this year by David Orstein of The Athletic that Niles had appeared to be displeased at coach Mikel Arteta for playing him in the Right Back position and with Arteta a philosopher of a player being 100% willing to carry out an assigned duty for maximal output, the Spaniard would honor his request and refuse to play him in the position again, and it feels like he was being left out of the team entirely, as that has been the position where Niles has been able to get enough game time.
Arsenal would go on to sign Southampton’s Portuguese full back, Cedric Soares in January on a 6months loan, which has been made permanent on the expiration of the loan duration and likewise the players Southampton contract. This signing effectively marked the end of Nile’s appearances at Right back and may have also something the beginning of the end for the English man.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on the market with Arsenal willing to sell him in other to raise much needed funds for priority transfers this summer.
According to The Athletic, Wolves made an offer of under £20m for the English man on Tuesday which was swiftly rejected by the Gunners as they value the player much higher than that.
Wolves are believed to be preparing a returning bid as Nuno Espirito Santo sees the player as one which could add a lot of steel to his team. Two other clubs, both believed to be German clubs are also reportedly preparing bids for the Englishman.