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Arteta hoping to win Arsenal board over transfer decision

Timothy Aiyeku

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One transfer decision made by the Arsenal hierarchy to let go of Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer transfer window has now gone down with manager Mikel Arteta and he is keen to win the case.

It is understood that the Spanish boss had already told the board that he wants to work with the youngster but they refused and insisted that he will be part of the players that will leave for the club to earn to fund other transfer deals.

The North London club hopes to earn over £20 million from the sale of Ainsley Maitland-Niles as they have already turned down a bid within the region of £15 million from one of his suitors.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has got big qualities as a young lad as he can play in a number of positions; this is an asset that would benefit manager Mikel Arteta in injury situations.

However, manager Mikel Arteta in a recent interview admits to loving the player and his style, noting that the reason why he has played Ainsley Maitland-Niles in important games is to prove that the player can do it.

This sends a message that Mikel Arteta will still try to convince the board to keep but a decision will be made to favour both the player and the club.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.