Ainsley Maitland-Niles seals loan switch to Southampton from Arsenal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles seals loan switch to Southampton as Ralph Hasenhuttl hails deadline-day deal for Arsenal youngster, which includes option for Saints to buy him outright next summer

  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Southampton on a season-long loan move
  • The deal also includes an option to buy following the end of the loan
  • Southampton snapped up the Arsenal academy product on Thursday evening
  • The south coast club continue their process of buying young talent this summer 

Southampton have completed the loan signing of Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal.

The versatile 25 year-old has secured his move to the south coast in a deal that includes an option for Southampton to buy as Arsenal look to shift unwanted talent.

Maitland-Niles was eager to depart the Emirates this season with him not in the plans of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta following his side’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has completed his loan move from Arsenal to join Southampton

The Arsenal midfielder’s loan move includes an option for Southampton to buy the player

The midfielder spent last season on loan at Jose Mourinho’s Roma where he made 12 appearances for the Serie A side before returning to London.

Speaking about the move Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said: ‘Ainsley is at a good point in his career, with a lot of experience already. 

But he is also still a young player with potential, and he is someone who can definitely help us.

Maitland-Niles spent last season on loan at Roma before returning to London for pre-season

‘I think he fits well with us and can develop his game even further during his time here. 

He can also play in different positions, which is always a good thing, and I am pleased to welcome him as part of our squad.’

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