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Arsenal midfielder could join AC Milan

Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been linked with a move to AC Milan this summer.

The 22 year old’s future at the Emirates appears in doubt after he was given a clear warning by his manager Mikel Arteta about his need to get his head down and work hard in training to convince his manager he is worth his place in the squad. Arteta was talking after the FA Cup win over Portsmouth earlier this week, when Maitland-Niles was introduced as a 91st minute substitute.

Maitland-Niles began the season as an auxiliary right-back, both under Unai Emery, and then Arteta, but he has always made clear his dislike for playing in that position, preferring instead to appear in midfield or on the wing.

Since Hector Bellerin returned to fitness, he has barely featured, with even central defender Sokratis Papatasthopoulos preferred by Arteta when Bellerin is rested.

Now, according to the Italian media, Milan may be prepared to offer the Englishman an exit route at the end of the season.

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