An Arsenal academy graduate, Maitland-Niles spent one season on loan at Ipswich Town. He appeared in more than thirty matches for Ipswich before returning to Arsenal, next season.
Upon returning to Arsenal, Maitland-Niles soon started to get regular opportunities in multiple positions due to his versatility. Under Arsene Wenger, he soon established himself as a starter. With Arsene Wenger’s departure, the club got into turmoil as it got very tough to replace the Frenchman. Finally, under Mikel Arteta, they found their lost glory and won their 14th FA Cup that season.
Arsenal also captured FA Community Shield defeating Liverpool with a man-of-the-match performance from Maitland-Niles. His brilliant performance with The Gunners earned him a place in the Three Lions squad. However, he soon found it difficult to find a place in Arteta’s starting eleven and had two different loan spells at West Brom and Roma.
Southampton Transfer News: Southampton is very interested in Ainsley Maitland-Niles
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Southampton is closing in on the Ainsley Maitland-Niles deal.
The Saints will sign the versatile Maitland-Niles on a loan deal. Maitland-Niles currently has one year left in his Arsenal contract. However, the club has a one-year extension option and is reportedly going to extend his contract.
Southampton is now in contact with Maitland-Niles and is in a hurry to match the personal terms of the player. As soon as they reach the personal terms, Southampton will conduct the medical to rap up the deal.
Although Southampton is facing some competition from Newcastle, Fulham, and Bournemouth, the Saints are confident of landing the England International
What does Maitland Niles bring?
After getting out of favour from Arteta’s starting eleven, Maitland-Niles has accepted to go on loan and had many suitors.
The England international has been previously tracked by teams like Wolves and Everton. However, a deal never materialised.
A very versatile player Maitland-Niles has the ability to play in the right back, left back, and midfield. His sign will undoubtedly bolster the Southampton squad. It will also give Maitland-Niles an opportunity to have regular game time.
Southampton Transfer News: What is next?
Southampton had a very decent start to their campaign. The Saints have garnered seven points from five matches with two victories. They will face in their next Premier League outing.
Arsenal had a dream start to their Premier League season. The Gunners have won all four matches and are currently sitting at the pole with twelve points. Under Mikel Arteta, they are looking like a title contender and a very improved team. The Gunners will now face Aston Villa in their next match.