Roma loan Ainsley Maitland-Niles until the end of the season

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Roma have confirmed the signing of Arsenal official Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan until the end of the season.

Maitland-Niles has fought for playing time this semester and made just 11 appearances in all competitions.

He was expected to leave the club during the summer, with a move to Everton that looked likely before Arsenal blocked his departure. This frustrated Maitland-Niles who publicly criticized the Gunners on social media, which led to Mikel Arteta banning him from the first team training.

The pair were soon reconciled but this has not translated into increased playing time this campaign.

Roma have now offered him a chance to revive his career, with Giallorossi confirming his arrival on Saturday.

“I’m just happy to be here and can not wait to continue,” he told Roma’s website. “I want to help the team and show what I can do as a player.

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

Maitland-Niles is the latest former Premier League player to try his luck in Italy. Chris Smalling, Fikayo Tomori and most recently Tammy Abraham have all made the same move with great effect in recent times.

Maitland-Niles will hope for similar successes in Serie A, as well as Roma who want to secure a top four place this season.

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