Wantaway Arsenal midfielder Maitland-Niles has been removed from first-team training

Wantaway Arsenal midfielder Maitland-Niles has been removed from first-team training

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been told he will not train with Arsenal’s first team after his move to Everton was blocked by the club.

The Englishman fell out of favor last season and went to West Brom on a rental basis in search of playing time.

He made 15 appearances for the Baggies from January when they were relegated from the Premier League.


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And Everton have expressed interest in loaning the 24-year-old before Tuesday’s deadline, but the Gunners weren’t interested.

After finding out he wouldn’t get his move, Maitland-Niles took to social media to express his desire to leave the club.

He said in a Instagram story: “All I want to do is go where I want and where I’m going to play. @Arsenal.”

AMN is in the pecking order behind midfielders Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey.

He can also play as a fullback or fullback – mainly on the right-hand side – but Arteta tends to use Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers or Cedric Soares as right-back.

Mirror journalist John Cross also reported on Tuesday that the England international has been told that he will not train with the first team.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was clearly confused with the players Instagram post, but it is unclear whether or not he will leave on the deadline.

Maitland-Niles impressed for the Gunners when he played in defence, but is no longer a favorite with Arteta.

The player wants first-team football and is an issue that must be resolved before the transfer window closes on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere, BArcelona has been given the option to sign Alexandre Lacazette for €15 million, according to the Italian outlet AllMercatoWeb.

Arsenal were open to the idea of ​​selling the Frenchman this summer, as the player has entered the final year of his contract and Atletico Madrid are also keeping an eye on his situation.

Lacazette made the move from Lyon to North London in 2017 for a fee of around £48 million.

The 30-year-old made 172 Arsenal appearances, scoring 66 and assisting 28.

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