Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined West Brom on loan until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old has fallen out of favour this season, despite playing a key role in our FA Cup success back in August.
The move away from a wing-back system has played a part, and his most recent display, when deployed at left-back against Crystal Palace, was unconvincing.
His future has been shrouded in doubt for some time, with Wolves making a bid to bring him to Molineux during the summer, but Arsenal considered the bid of less than £15m unacceptable at the time.
Ainsley has made 21 of his 121 Arsenal appearances this season, providing two assists during this campaign, but having recently made the full England squad he’s been anxious for playing time ahead of the European Championships this summer.
He’ll now get that under Sam Allardyce [sorry for the disturbing image – please don’t draw this @cantdrawarsenal] – as he tries to help West Brom avoid relegation. It’s understood there is no purchase option, so he will return to the Emirates at the end of the season.
Speaking about the move, technical director Edu said: “We wish Ainsley the best of luck for his time with West Bromwich Albion. He deserves the opportunity to play consistently, which is what he needs for his club and international career ambitions and we fully support him with that.”
Best of luck to him at The Hawthorns – and if they need a cold-as-ice penalty taker, they should look no further than the Arsenal man.