Ainsley Maitland-Niles says he is solely targeted on the longer term and dealing laborious after beginning Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford.
The 24-year-old tried to engineer a transfer away from the Emirates Stadium in the summertime, and even posted a pleading message on Instagram that learn “All I wanna do is go the place I am wished and the place I am gonna play.”
That got here after Arsenal rebuffed Everton’s curiosity in a summer season switch, nevertheless it seems he is now put these points behind him and is eager to battle for his place in north London – a call which will have been influenced by the place he performed on Sunday.
“That’s all up to now now,” Maitland-Niles informed reporters after the sport towards Claudio Ranieri’s Hornets, which the Gunners won through an Emile Smith Rowe objective.
“I’m simply desirous about the longer term and what’s forward of me. It was nice to be on the market at present, getting my minutes, and hopefully there may be extra to return.
“Yeah [I’m] all the time completely happy to be on the pitch and play, it’s an excellent feeling. In fact I’m searching for extra minutes, I simply have to preserve my head down and preserve going and dealing laborious.”
Maitland-Niles has lengthy seen himself as a central midfielder, however he beforehand hasn’t been in a position to persuade Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta that it is his greatest place.
As a substitute, he is spent most of his time on the membership enjoying as a flexible wing-back – and even broke by means of into England’s setup after enjoying nicely on the left-hand aspect throughout Arsenal’s run to FA Cup glory in 2020.
His begin on Sunday was because of Thomas Partey’s absence by means of harm, however does a minimum of point out that Arteta now trusts him to play in the course of the park. Whether or not he retains his place when the Ghanaian returns stays to be seen.
Final season, Maitland-Niles turned down a mortgage transfer to Southampton in favour of becoming a member of West Brom, purely as a result of they had been keen to play him in midfield. The Baggies had been in the end relegated from the Premier League.