The reason Mikel Arteta has axed Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles

first_imgAdvertisement Ainsley Maitland-Niles hasn’t featured in the Premier League for Arsenal since January 18 (Picture: Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles continues to pay the price for failing to meet Mikel Arteta’s ‘non-negotiables’ and hasn’t featured in the Premier League since mid-January, despite Arsenal’s continuing problems at right-back.January loan recruit Cedric Soares is still yet to make his debut following his arrival from Southampton due to a knee injury, while Hector Bellerin has struggled to find his best form and maintain full fitness since returning to the side after 10 months out, having undergone major knee surgery. Maitland-Niles starred in the New Year’s Day win over Manchester United but has started only once in the Premier League since then and featured only briefly as a substitute in the FA Cup and Europa League. AdvertisementAdvertisementSokratis Papastathopoulos has been tasked with filling in at full-back and although the experienced Greek international has performed adequately, he has lacked the attacking thrust provided by Arsenal’s conventional full-backs. ADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman podcast, Arteta’s decision to exile the 22-year-old is down to the player having been late for several training sessions. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalUpon succeeding Unai Emery, Arteta outlined his intention to take a hard-line stance with any player who failed to put the team ahead of their individual aspirations and would have been irked by Maitland-Niles publicly airing his dissatisfaction at having been asked to play out of position.Asked how the youngster could force his way back into the reckoning, Arteta said last week: ‘Ainsley needs to put his head down and work hard.‘Show me every day in training that he wants it more than anyone else, he wants to play for this club and fight for his place.’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Mar 2020 12:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Man City v Arsenal: Arteta previewTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenMan City v Arsenal: Arteta previewhttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-v-arsenal-arteta-preview-2126842/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Olympiakos targeted Bukayo Saka to knock Arsenal out of Europa LeagueMORE: Ian Wright rates Arsenal’s top six chances ahead of Manchester City clash Advertisement Comment The reason Mikel Arteta has axed Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Nileslast_img

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