Danny Mills believes Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ impressive Community Shield performance may be the reason Arsenal have blocked the midfielder moving to Wolves.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England defender delivered his verdict after Maitland-Niles’ man-of-the-match performance in Arsenal’s penalty shoot-out win over Liverpool on Saturday.
Wolves had a £15m bid for the 23-year-old rejected last week but have now ended their pursuit of Maitland-Niles as they believe Arsenal want to keep hold of him, according to Sky Sports.
Maitland-Niles earned his first call up to the England senior side at the weekend following Saturday’s game.
Asked by Football Insider whether his performance at the weekend was enough to convince Mikel Arteta to keep hold of Maitland-Niles, Mills said: “It may well be, sometimes that happens.
“If there was any sort of doubt in whether he would stay or whether he was going to go he might be now thinking ‘hang on a minute, let’s just hold on to him for a little bit and see how well he does over the next five or six weeks before the deadline’.
“He’s an Arsenal player they have the right to decide whether he goes or whether he doesn’t. That’s what is important.
“It was a fabulous performance and they’ll think they’ve got a real quality player on our hands and maybe they can utilise him before they let him go.”
Since making his first-team debut in December 2014, Maitland-Niles has played 101 times for Arsenal netting three times.
Coming through the academy as a midfielder, Maitland-Niles has been mainly as a full-back by Arteta and his predecessor Unai Emery.
In other Wolves news, a first-team star has been tipped to follow Matt Doherty out of the door at Molineux.