AINSLEY Maitland-Niles has admitted it may be time to ‘kiss goodbye’ to Arsenal if he is not a part of their plans next season.
The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is none the wiser about his Arsenal futureCredit: Getty
The versatile star is yet to hear from Mikel Arteta after his West Brom loan endedCredit: Getty
And despite the Baggies getting relegated, the England international impressed and has been linked with a move to Manchester United.
But first a decision on his future with parent club Arsenal must be made and Maitland-Niles has revealed not received any contact from Arteta or technical director Edu.
He told the Telegraph: “If I was to get a phone call from someone at Arsenal and they said they’d like a meeting tomorrow, then it would be easier that way.
“They can tell me whether they’ve got plans to play me in the future or if they want to sell me.
“I’ve heard they want to make some space [in the squad] and some money so I’m not sure.”
Maitland-Niles joined Arsenal at six and progressed through the youth ranks to make his first-team debut in 2014 aged 17.
If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye. It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that
He revealed he joined West Brom to stop himself ‘rotting away’ on the bench and is now looking for an answer on his future in north London.
He added: “I want a decision. I want some clarity. And then hopefully I can get to work with whoever I need to get to work with.
“Whether that is finding a new club or whether that is carrying on with my training. I would like some kind of indication of what is happening. Where they [Arsenal] see me.
“If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye. It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that.
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“Maybe they still want to do something and things could change. If not, there’s always other teams.
“It would be easier to do it now than waiting for pre-season to kick in and everything is super busy.
“And they can’t answer their phones because they are doing too much work. You know how the football world works.”