Maitland-Niles focused on Community Shield game v Liverpool despite exit rumours

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is determined to stay focused on Arsenal despite doubts over his future.

Wolves have had a £15m bid rejected for the Arsenal midfielder who may be allowed to leave the Emirates this summer to help fund a squad shake-up.

The Midlands club are likely to come back with a higher offer as Arsenal look for at least £20m with Newcastle and clubs in Germany also interested in the 22-year-old.

But Maitland-Niles, who started in Arsenal’s pre-season win over MK Dons on Tuesday, is not concerned about the situation and is concentrating on the Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.

Maitland-Niles was an unsung hero in Arsenal’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea earlier this month and it is understood that Mikel Arteta is reluctant to let him go.

He said after the win against Manchester City in the semi-final: "He has everything, he has great qualities, I believe in him. I had to give him opportunities and today he took it with both arms. He had a really good performance."

Former England under-21 midfielder Maitland-Niles was even excited about a potential senior call-up after proving himself on the big stage.

But Arsenal must sell to help them fund new signings and, as Mirror Sport revealed, Maitland-Niles has been made available for transfer.

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Wolves are very keen and could offer him the chance to play regularly in midfield and Nuno Espírito Santo is also looking for versatility after defender Jonny Otto was sidelined for up to nine months through injury.

Maitland-Niles has three years left on his current deal at the Emirates, he played 32 times for Arsenal last season and has represented England from U17 through to U21 level. He was also part of the England squad that won the U20 World Cup in 2017.

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