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Ainsley Maitland-Niles joins West Brom on loan from Arsenal

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Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined relegation-threatened West Brom on loan for the remainder of the season.

Southampton, Leicester and Newcastle have all shown an interest in the public service man, but Sam Allardyce’s Premier League wrestlers have defeated that competition to bring it to the deadline, strengthening their squad ahead of a frenzied battle for the survival.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bernardo Silva
Maitland-Niles sees his future in midfield | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Arsenal would have liked the 23-year-old to get playing time at the back for the remainder of the season, while the player himself sees his future in the middle of the park. This is one of the main reasons he chose to join West Brom, even though he has received offers from teams that perform significantly better in the Premier League.

Maitland-Niles is also hoping to return to Gareth Southgate’s plans in England ahead of the rescheduled European Championship this summer.

He has been on the outskirts lately after struggling to establish himself alongside Mikel Arteta this season, as the club reportedly turned down a £ 15million offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers during the summer window.

While Maitland-Niles hopes to be deployed in his favorite role at the Hawthorns, he follows Turkish international defensive midfielder Okay Yokuslu through the door, meaning he has already increased the competition for places at his new club.

Yokuslu joined the Baggies on loan for the remainder of the season from La Liga club Celta Vigo earlier on deadline day.

Arsenal, meanwhile, parted ways with other first-team players on deadline day, as Mikel Arteta oversees a clear exit from deadwood at the club. Shkodran Mustafi terminated his contract in north London in order to join Schalke 04 on a free transfer, while Joe Willock also left the Emirates Stadium on a temporary basis – joining Newcastle in a bid to ensure more consistent football.