Ainsley Maitland-Niles arrives in Italy as he prepares to complete loan move from Arsenal with 24-year-old expected to make his Roma debut against Juventus on Sunday
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles has arrived in Italy ahead of joining Roma on loan
- The Arsenal academy product could make his debut for Roma against Juventus
- Maitland-Niles has struggled to command a regular starting berth for Arsenal
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has arrived in Italy ahead of his loan switch from Arsenal to Roma.
The 24-year-old is set to join Roma on a temporary basis until the end of the season and it is anticipated that he will make his debut in Sunday’s Serie A game at home to Juventus.
Maitland-Niles was seen posing for photographers after leaving the airport in Rome before getting into a car.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has arrived in Italy as he prepares to complete his loan move to Roma
This season Maitland-Niles has only played 90 minutes once in the Premier League as he has struggled to command a regular starting berth.
Although he prefers to play in midfield, Maitland-Niles’ versatility could prove to be very useful for Roma boss Jose Mourinho.
Maitland-Niles is capable of playing as a wing-back on either flank and he is likely to relish the prospect of regular playing time, while he will join fellow Englishmen Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham at Roma.
Mourinho’s side are currently in seventh place in Serie A and will hope that Maitland-Niles’ arrival will provide them with a boost.
Maitland-Niles’ versatility could prove to be of great use to Roma manager Jose Mourinho
This season Maitland-Niles has found it difficult to get regular playing time at Arsenal
A product of Arsenal’s academy, Maitland-Niles has made 132 senior appearances for the club.
In the second half of last season he had a loan spell at West Brom and it seemed likely he would leave Arsenal permanently last summer but he ended up staying.
Maitland-Niles’ loan move leaves Arsenal rather short of midfield options at present, especially with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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