Brighton to make move for Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles


Maitland-Niles could be on the way out of Arsenal

Maitland-Niles could be on the way out of the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)

Brighton are reportedly interested in signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles with the Arsenal defender facing an uncertain future at the Emirates.

Although he enjoyed early success under Mikel Arteta, the 22-year-old fell out favour earlier this year after turning up late to training, with the Spanish boss challenging him to better his work ethic.

Maitland-Niles has since struggled to gain a regular place in the side, despite starring at left wing-back in Arsenal’s surprise 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City.

And according to the Evening Standard, the versatile defender could be open to leaving the Gunners in the next transfer window.

The report states that Brighton are monitoring his situation at the club with a view towards making a potential move.

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Arteta previously froze Maitland-Niles out of the side (Picture: Getty Images)

Maitland-Niles is another successful product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy and has proved to be a valuable asset given his ability to play at right-back, left-back and in midfield.

Speaking after the Manchester City victory, Arteta praised Maitland-Niles’ versatility and improved work rate.


The Gunners boss said: ‘Absolutely, [he was magnificent]. And I was sure about that with the way he’s training, the way he’s changed his mentality and his mindset.

‘He has everything, he has great qualities, I believe in him.

‘I had to give him opportunities and today he took it with both arms. He had a really good performance.’

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