Wolves have made it clear that they are no longer moving for the signature of Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles by agreeing on a deal with Barcelona for right-back Nelson Semedo.

This development remains a clear message that Arsenal are not willing to let go of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Wolves will not be insisting on the deal.

Wolves will expect that they seal the deal for Nelson Semedo before the end of the summer transfer window as they seek to change the narrative in the Premier League this season.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has risen to be one of the favourites on the books of manager Mikel Arteta. After paying off the faith in him with an eye-catching performance against Liverpool in the Community Shield, he was given the nod in Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Fulham to continue his good form but stayed put on the bench in the West Ham United win at the weekend.

Hoping that West Ham United will complete the signing of the Barcelona star, it is expected that there will be no pressure on Ainsley Maitland-Niles in deciding if he should stay with Arsenal or not.

However, Ainsley Maitland-Niles will form a major part of the Mikel Arteta team this season knowing that he has the quality to play in a number of roles as a utility player.


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