The versatile England international opted not to leave Emirates Stadium in the last window of the summer, but that position may be about to change.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles “will continue an outing this summer,” says Kevin Campbell, with Arsenal warned that a game waiting for the versatile 23 years old “Not going to last”.
It emerged at one point that the Emirates Stadium academy graduate would be looking for a Switch in 2020.
They say wolves lead the hunt for his signature, with a £ 20million ($ 26million) bid on the table.
Arsenal and Maitland-Niles ultimately shied away from this interest, with the highly rated artist opting to stay in North London and compete for regular releases under Mikel Arteta.
The ambitious midfielder was hoping to play a bigger role, especially as Arsenal have struggled to stay consistent this season and patience is running out now.
Campbell expects this to happen in the near future, with Maitland-Niles being asked to push for a move elsewhere.
“I think he will pursue an outing this summer,” said the former Gunners forward Campbell. Football Insider.
“Although he loves the club he is now an England international – he has to play football.
“There is no point in loving the club and being a bit of a player. You have proven that you can do it many times, you are a full English international and you are on the bench …
“This is not going to last.”
Campbell was forced to change his mind within weeks, with the former Arsenal frontman previously saying that Arteta was willing to do whatever he could to keep Maitland-Niles on his books.
“I hear Mikel Arteta is trying to convince him to stay and sign a new contract because he is now an England international,” said Campbell. Football insider early December.
“Which clubs let the English internationals go?” You don’t do that.
“He wants to play, of course he wants to, but we know football is a team game. He wants to play in the central midfielder and they just bought Partey to play there.
“Maitland-Niles is a good player but he’s not a Partey for sure.
“He’s got a great engine on him, tough and can take a penalty because he’s calm as a cucumber. He has a lot of advantages for him. He can fill multiple positions and every team needs a utility man, and when your utility provider is an international you need to keep him even more.
“I can see Mikel Arteta going on the charming offense to try and keep him at the football club.”