Mikel Arteta is trying to convince Ainsley Maitland-Niles to snub offers from rival clubs and sign a new Arsenal contract.
That is according to ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 22-year-old.
Maintland-Niles was the subject of strong interest from Wolves in the summer window but Sky Sports claim they did not meet Arsenal’s £20million asking price.
The Arsenal academy graduate has remained at Emirates Stadium but failed to nail down a regular starting role this season.
“I hear Mikel Arteta is trying to convince him to stay and sign a new contract because he is
now an England international,” Campbell told Football Insider.
“Which clubs let England internationals go? You do not do that.
“He wants to play, of course he wants to but we know football is a squad game. He wants to play in central midfield and they have just bought Partey to play there.
“Maitland-Niles is a good player but he is no Partey, that is for sure.
“He has a great engine on him, tough and can take a penalty because he is calm as a cucumber. He has loads of pluses going for him. He can fit in multiple positions and every team needs a utility man, and when your utility man is an international you need to keep him even more so.
“I can see Mikel Arteta going on the charm offensive to try and keep him at the football
Maitland-Niles has made just two league appearances for Arsenal among his 12 matches this season.
He was an unused substitute on Sunday as the Gunners fell to a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.