Arsenal ‘are open to selling Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah’… but would ‘demand £20m EACH for the academy graduates’, with neither player featuring prominently under Mikel Arteta
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah have struggled for games at Arsenal
- Maitland-Niles has since been excellent at West Brom – but they can’t afford him
- Eddie Nketiah’s strike against Fulham was only his second in the league this term
- Arsenal may well cash in on Nketiah in the summer with his contract up in 2022
Arsenal are reportedly open to selling both Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah this summer – but would demand £20million each for their services.
According to The Sun, a number of clubs are looking at Maitland-Niles because of his impressive form at West Brom.
However, they may baulk at the price tag, while the relegation-threatened Baggies are unlikely to be able to afford the Gunners academy graduate.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has impressed on loan at West Brom – but the Baggies can’t afford him
Maitland-Niles has fallen out of favour with Mikel Arteta after a breakthrough season last term
Maitland-Niles made 32 club appearances last season and appeared in the FA Cup final last August.
He then made his England senior debut the following month against Denmark but subsequently struggled to start regularly for Arsenal, appearing in just 11 of the team’s first 21 Premier League games before moving to the Hawthorns on February 1.
Maitland-Niles has since made a big impression playing alongside Okay Yokuslu and Conor Gallagher during his 10 matches so far for Sam Allardyce’s men.
Eddie Nketiah’s last-gasp goal against Fulham was just his second in the league this season
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will expect to start when they return
Nketiah meanwhile made full use of his introduction following Alexandre Lacazette’s hamstring injury to score a 97th-minute equaliser against Fulham last weekend, but he was unable to replicate that impact on Friday as Mikel Arteta’s side slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Everton.
It is likely that once Lacazette returns from injury and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang fully recovers from malaria that Nketiah will be back on the bench, with the north Londoners also plotting to bring versatile Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea to the club.
Nketiah’s start against the Toffees was his first in the league since facing the same opponents back in December and despite some strong Europa League performances, goals on the domestic front have been few and far between and with his contract up in the summer of 2022, Arsenal will be looking to sell now to get the best price for the Englishman.
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