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.

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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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