Mikel Arteta discusses ins and outs of Arsenal deadline
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta declined to say whether Ainsley Maitland-Niles will stay or leave on the day of the transfer deadline, but confirmed the Gunners are working on a number of possible offers and have not any late arrival excluded.
Maitland-Niles, who turns 24 this year, has had very little involvement in the Premier League this season and has made most of his appearances, which have come all over the pitch, from the bench.
Leicester, Southampton, Newcastle and West Brom have all been linked with loans for the England international, who could command more consistent playing time away from Arsenal.
“We have decided [who could leave on loan today] and we are working on it. You’ll find out before 11pm, ”Arteta said of the situation, via Arsenal.com.
“I cannot speak of any individual player. What we want to do, the conversations we’ve had, the different reasons. Let’s see if we can do something tonight, ”added the Spaniard.
It has been reported that Arsenal would prefer Maitland-Niles to get playing time as a full-back if he succeeds on a move, although the player himself prefers to have chances in midfield.
Leicester would be Maitland-Niles’ preference, but the Foxes pose a potential threat to Arsenal in the fight for European places, which means the Gunners would prefer him to join Southampton.
Arsenal have already signed goalkeeper Mat Ryan and midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan this winter, but Arteta hasn’t ruled out the possibility that there will be another late addition if a good opportunity presents itself.
Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt is one of the players who has been and the Gunners have been looking for a player in this position to provide cover for Kieran Tierney and free Bukayo Saka for that it plays more forward more permanently where it is more dangerous. .
“The last day of the transfer window is always unpredictable, so things can happen. They might happen, they might not. We’re on it, ”Arteta said of possible entries.
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