Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s future with Arsenal will not be affected by his mother’s recent ban from the Gunners training ground, which was issued following a confrontation with our chief negotiator, Dick Law.
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Arsene Wenger has insisted that the player, who made his first-team debut in December, remains a big part of his plans for the future and has his full support in the matter.
In quotes taken by the Daily Mail, Wenger says: “He has a great future and he has my backing, his mum wants the best for him. For me he has the perfect behaviour with me. It is basically a private matter that I don’t know really well about because I don’t know what happened.
“But I know Ainsley very well and he has my complete support because he is a good boy and I am sure his mother wants a great future for him and to help him. There are some incidents that I don’t know well and I don’t know why but the boy has a perfect behaviour inside our club.”
According to the Mail, Jule Maitland-Niles was arrested on suspicion of assaulting two people and was subsequently banned from the Gunners’ training base, despite being released without charge.
Niles ignored the ban and travelled as normal to watch her son play in an Under-21s match last Friday. She threatened to take her son off the pitch and police had to be called again. They later issued her with a warning.
Ainsley has featured twice for us so far this season, playing in the Champions League clash with Galatasaray and the Premier League win against Newcastle United, coming on as a late substitute on both occasions.
Let’s hope he’s allowed to focus on developing his talent without the distraction of a clearly overprotective parent!
What on earth is going with her…?