Ainsley Maitland-Niles decides to leave Arsenal to play regular football

Arsenal midfielder / defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles has reportedly decided to leave the Gunners this summer in order to seek out first team football, claims David Ornstein, journalist at the Athletic. It is claimed that the 22-year-old has been growing unhappy with the lack of first team football at the Emirates and has decided to leave the club.

The 22-year-old had a good start under Mikel Arteta when he took over last winter, but since the return of the Premier League in June, Maitland-Niles has made only four appearances as a substitution and was granted one single start. As a result, the versatile Gunner has decided the time has come to leave the Emirates this summer.

The former Ispwich Town loanee has three years left to his contract at Arsenal and it is reported that there is interest from both English and German clubs. Maitland-Niles made his debut for Arsenal in 2014 as a 16-year-old under Arsene Wenger and has gone on to make 96 appearacnes for the club.