Ainsley Maitland-Niles completes loan transfer from Arsenal to Rome

Ainsley Maitland-Niles completes loan transfer from Arsenal to Roma with 24-year-old set to make his debut for Jose Mourinho’s side against Juventus on Sunday

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma on loan for the remainder of the seasonArsenal academy product could debut for Roma against Juventus Maitland-Niles struggled to secure a regular starting spot for Arsenal

By Reuters

Posted: 10:48 a.m. EST, January 8, 2022 | Update: 10:48 a.m. EST, January 8, 2022

Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles have joined AS Roma on loan for the remainder of the season, the Italian club announced on Saturday.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who made 132 appearances with his childhood club in north London, will join compatriots Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham in Jose Mourinho’s side.

“I’m just so happy to be here and can’t wait to continue. I want to help the team and show what I can do as a player, “England international Maitland-Niles said.

England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined AS Roma on loan for the season

The England international joined the Serie A squad until June and was awarded the No.15

“Thank you to the fans for the support they have already shown me – I hope we can continue to do something good by the end of the season.”

Maitland-Niles struggled to buy time at Arsenal in the first half of the season, making eight Premier League appearances – the last on November 20.

Mourinho is hoping the winger can make an impact after an inconsistent start to the season that left Roma seventh after 20 games, six points out of the top four.

“With Maitland-Niles, we bring a young player to Roma who fits well with the profile we were looking for to improve the squad and cover a number of different positions,” said Roma general manager Tiago Pinto.

“When we spoke to Ainsley we were really struck by his enthusiasm to join our group and have the chance to work with Jose Mourinho.”

Maitland-Niles’ versatility could prove to be of great use to Roma coach Jose Mourinho

Maitland-Niles have struggled to play regularly at Arsenal this season

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