Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s troubles are hinted at by the Ainsley Maitland-Niles transfer saga.
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, has a lot of issues to deal with behind the scenes at the Emirates.
After a morning training session with the kids and a meeting with manager Mikel Arteta, Ainsley Maitland-Niles will remain at Arsenal. However, Arsenal fans mirrored his frustrations on social media after a low-key transfer deadline day on Monday.
Fans of the squad at the bottom of the table had hoped for a strong character to come in and help lead the youthful talent at the club out of their current doldrums after three defeats and not even a single goal to show for their season.
But permitting Hector Bellerin’s ill-advised request for a loan move to Real Betis – and replacing him with inexperienced Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu – did not meet that desire.
Bologna signed the 22-year-old for £17 million on a four-year deal with the possibility of a one-year extension.
The 6ft 2in defender is good on the ball and can play right-back or center-back, but despite claiming Javier Mascherano as his inspiration, he is far from the midfield enforcer that supporters have been clamoring for.
His ability to play on the right side was deemed insufficient to grant Maitland-Niles his wish to “go where I’m needed and where I’m going to play.”
He was forced to train separately from the rest of the first team, a far cry from when he was a member of the England squad this time last year.
After the morning session, the 24-year-old was ordered to report to the manager’s office, where he was told categorically that he would be staying at the club.
That was not least because Everton’s interest had waned and no other offers looked to be on the table.
The indiscipline, on the other hand, just contributes to the impression that Arteta is having trouble juggling his responsibilities at the north London club.
Despite a quiet final day, the Gunners have made significant investments in Nuno Tavares, Albert Lokonga, Ben White, and Martin Odegaard, with Arteta expected to mold them into a club capable of fighting for Europe once more.
With no European football to keep them occupied this season, Arteta has been tasked with getting rid of the deadwood in his squad.
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