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Arsenal boss Arteta urging Maitland-Niles to stay

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta doesn't want to lose Ainsley Maitland-Niles in January.

The utility man was linked with moves to Manchester United and Wolves back in the summer transfer window. And the Gunners are eager to secure his future as they plan for the long-term.

“I hear Mikel Arteta is trying to convince him to stay and sign a new contract because he is now an England international," Campbell told Football Insider.

“Which clubs let England internationals go? You do not do that.

“He wants to play, of course he wants to but we know football is a squad game. He wants to play in central midfield and they have just bought Partey to play there.

“Maitland-Niles is a good player but he is no Partey, that is for sure.

“He has a great engine on him, tough and can take a penalty because he is calm as a cucumber.

“He has loads of pluses going for him. He can fit in multiple positions and every team needs a utility man, and when your utility man is an international you need to keep him even more so.

“I can see Mikel Arteta going on the charm offensive to try and keep him at the football club."


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