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“I am looking for more minutes” – Ainsley Maitland-Niles says he’s already loving life at Arsenal again




Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles is feeling happy at Arsenal again after moving from his last summer’s transfer drama.

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The England International made his demand clear over the summer when he stated that he wanted a move away from the North London side after lossing his place under team manager Mikel Arteta.

It could be recall the Midfielder went as far as calling out the club on his social media handle with the message “All i want to do is go where i’m wanted and where i am gonna play.”

However, Maitland-Niles demand was rejected by Arsenal, Everton made a bid which was turn down by the Arsenal and the club had to forced him to fight for his stands.

His performance against Watford on sunday as made him to realize how much he has been missing in the team.

Smith Rowe goal vs Watford

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe score the only goal in Arsenal 1-0 win over Watford

Arsenal head coash Mikel Arteta labelled him a “different player” with outstanding performance in the Gunners 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday.

Maitland-Niles was asked after Watford game if he’s still thinking on a move away from Arsenal (as quoted by The Sun) and he said: “That’s all in the past now. I am just thinking about the future and what’s ahead of me.

“It was great to be out there again, getting my minutes, and hopefully there is more to come.

“I’m always happy to be on the pitch and play. It is a good feeling.

“Of course I am looking for more minutes, I just need to keep my head down and keep working hard.”

Arsenal now extend their unbeaten run to eight League matches and ten matches across all competitions this campaign.

The Gunners are sitting in tbe fifth position on the Premier League table, just 3 points away from the Top four.

And Maitland-Niles believes the season already feels different compare to August when the Gunners lost their first three games into the season.

He added: “We have got to be realistic about it and we don’t want to slip back into our old ways.

“So we are pretty head-focused on not trying to lose games and win more games at the same time – hence the good run of unbeaten games.

“We just need to grow in confidence and keep it as a basic standard for us to compete in every game.”

Mikel Arteta will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run when League actions resume after the International break.

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