Arsenal legend Martin Keown thinks Mikel Arteta ‘doesn’t consider’ in Ainsley Maitland-Niles and a mortgage transfer away from the Emirates could be good for him.
Southampton are main the race to signal Maitland-Niles on mortgage for the remainder of the season, talkSPORT understands.
The 23-year-old has discovered common soccer onerous to return by this season beneath Arteta and is seeking to spend the remainder of the season out on mortgage.
Eight of his 20 appearances within the 2020/21 marketing campaign have come from the bench.
His final look got here on January 14 towards Crystal Palace and it seems to be more and more seemingly he’ll go away this month.
West Brom have additionally approached Arsenal over a attainable mortgage deal however he’s understood to favour a transfer to the south coast.
Gunners legend Keown believes that taking part in common soccer is extra essential than simply watching all people else play.
Talking to talkSPORT on Friday, Keown stated: “He’s an England worldwide and performed very nicely for England, he seemed good on the finish of final season taking part in at left wing-back.
“However with out the wing-back system it doesn’t seem to be there’s a spot for him.
“I assumed he performed very nicely within the Europa League in central midfield and so they have been going to launch him from there.
“However perhaps Mikel Arteta doesn’t actually consider within the participant.
“While you’ve obtained Wolves and Leicester you it reveals the standard of the participant.
“It’s disappointing for him, however perhaps he’s higher off to get some soccer and go on mortgage between now and the top of the season.
“It might be a baptism of fireside for him going to West Brom, however typically you’ve obtained to simply roll your sleeves up and taking part in is extra essential than watching all people else play.”
On Thursday, Arteta stated he was conscious of Maitland-Niles’ issues over the dearth of recreation time forward of this summer season’s Euros.
“It’s a concern when there’s worldwide soccer concerned as nicely and the possibility to achieve that chance,” stated Arteta.
“I perceive that Ainsley desires extra minutes and what he must do is battle, prepare and problem his team-mates and present us that he might be considered one of our starters.”
Arsenal have been believed to have turned down a £15million bid for the participant from Wolves in the summertime.