Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles facing bleak future after 'not meeting' Roma expectations

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Arsenal academy product Ainsley Maitland-Niles is facing a bleak future having failed to meet expectations during his loan spell at Roma. The Englishman joined I Giallorossi in the January transfer window until the end of the season, but has found his time in the Italian capital challenging.

After starting five of the first six Serie A games he was available for, he has failed to feature, instead being consigned to the bench. Rick Karsdorp and Nicola Zalewski have instead been selected over Maitland-Niles, with Roma unbeaten in that timespan.

The Gunners outcast had enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Brom over the second half of last season, becoming a regular feature for the Baggies. But he was unable to earn a place in Mikel Arteta’s squad at the Emirates, despite the Arsenal boss vetoing any departure last summer.

That came despite Maitland-Niles requesting he be allowed to leave in search of game-time, a request finally granted when Roma came calling in January. Jose Mourinho had been excited to bring the 24-year-old to the Stadio Olimpico, but the move appears to be failing.

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