‘It’s all in the past,’ says Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is looking forward to working with Arteta again.
After putting last summer’s transfer snafu behind him, AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES is looking forward to building a future at Arsenal.
In August, the midfielder made it clear that he wanted out of the Emirates, as his chances of playing in the first team under Mikel Arteta appeared to be dwindling.
He even went so far as to publicly criticize the club on social media, writing, “All I want to do is go where I’m wanted and where I’ll play.”
The club, however, ignored the 24-year-old’s request to leave, rejecting an approach from Everton and forcing him to work his way back into the Gunners’ lineup.
In their 1-0 win over Watford, Arteta described him as a “different player” who played in his preferred midfield position.
“That’s all in the past now,” Maitland-Niles said.
I’m just pondering the future and what lies ahead.
“It felt great to get back out there and get my minutes, and hopefully there will be more to come.”
“It makes me happy to be on the field and play.”
It’s a satisfying sensation.
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“Of course, I’m looking for more minutes; all I have to do now is keep my head down and work hard.”
Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to ten games and moved up to fifth place with their win over Claudio Ranieri’s Watford.
And Maitland-Niles says the season is already different than it was in August, when the team lost its first three games.
“We have to be realistic about it,” he continued, “and we don’t want to revert to our old habits.”
“As a result, we’re pretty head-focused on not losing games while also trying to win more games – hence the unbeaten streak.”
“All we have to do now is gain confidence and keep it as a baseline for us to compete in every game.”