Arsenal fans have been voicing their opinions on where they think Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ best position is amid reports of a deal for Cedric Soares being close.
According to Evening Standard, the Southampton full-back has been given permission by the Saints to travel to London to hold talks with the Gunners. It is also being reported that the north London outfit will pay all of the 28-year-old’s wages and will pay a £1m loan fee meaning the total outlay could reach £3m.
One fan went as far as claiming he thinks it’s what Mikel Arteta wants.
It means we will all get something we’ve been asking for since Arsène Wenger was manager… PLAYING AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES AS A MIDFIELDER!
This is what Mikel Arteta wants. He doesn’t want to keep playing AMN and Bukayo Saka as full-backs.
— Kai (@lord_ozrik) January 30, 2020
That could mean Maitland-Niles may well be moved into a central midfield role by the former Manchester City coach, who just a few weeks ago claimed he had players who weren’t full-backs playing in that position (via Tribuna). The 21-year-old, himself, has come out in the past and openly claimed that he is not a right-back (via Sky Sports).
Fans flocked to Twitter to give their thoughts on the position they think is the youngster’s best. Here is a selection of tweets from the Emirates Stadium faithful:
Ainsley Maitland-Niles once he moves into midfield under Arteta. pic.twitter.com/Yltza8soV8
— Bhavs (@bhavss14) January 29, 2020
With the aquiring of Soares it seems that our new midfield signing will be called Ainsley Maitland Niles.#Arsenal
— The Art of Arshavin (@DarkSide_AFC) January 30, 2020
With Cedric’s arrival, Maitland-Niles moves into (his favoured) midfield. There’s Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi and Ceballos already.
— Ifreke Inyang (@Ifreke) January 30, 2020
ainsley maitland niles was the motm against united playing as cm, it is his best position imo. pic.twitter.com/QR5zZa39Ij
— ً (@GoatGabi) January 30, 2020
This seems like a sensible deal. Why were people so upset about this yesterday? Our FBs have been falling like flies all season. Hopefully means Maitland-Niles gets a run in midfield https://t.co/IrjIUjufOh
— IG: Pree__views 📸 (@Pre_YAY) January 30, 2020
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