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Arsenal star set for showdown talks with Mikel Arteta with January exit on the cards

Arsenal star set for showdown talks with Mikel Arteta with January exit on the cards

Ainsley Maitland-Niles will reportedly hold crunch talks with Arsenal and Mikel Arteta next week to try and resolve his future.

The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has struggled for game time this term, making just seven Premier League appearances.

Maitland-Niles was linked with a move away from Arsenal in the summer with Everton keen but the Gunners blocked a move.

He has become frustrated at a lack of minutes though and according to reports he’ll look for reassurance from Arteta or seek a move away next week.

The Spaniard is currently isolating after testing positive for coronavirus and once he returns to training he’ll hold talks with Maitland-Niles.

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The report claims Everton are monitoring his situation should he decide to leave on loan, while Jose Mourinho is keen to take him at Roma.

The Serie A side are considering a potential loan deal in January with an option to make it permanent but are awaiting the green light from Arsenal.

Arteta previously had to hold clear the air talks with the midfielder after Maitland-Niles went public with his frustrations at the end of the summer transfer window.

Speaking last month, Arteta praised his commitment and hinted further appearances would follow.

‘I see a different player in terms of his urgency, his commitment and the clarity in his play and purpose,’ Arteta said.

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