Maitland-Niles has made it abundantly clear that he wants to leave Arsenal and has attracted strong interest from Everton at this closing stage of the transfer window.
In fact, according to Sky Sports, Everton made an offer on Monday to take the 24-year-old midfielder, who can also play at right-back, on loan.
Maitland-Niles has held discussions with the club as he tries to force an exit, but Bridge has been informed that those talks did not go to plan.
“He had a meeting yesterday about his future and it didn’t go very well,” the Sky Sports journalist told FFC. “I don’t know what’s going on with Arsenal, I really don’t.”
Maitland-Niles has played just 19 minutes of Premier League football this season, which came in the 5-0 thrashing to Manchester City at the Etihad.
The England international was also loaned out to West Brom last term, so he is clearly a player Mikel Arteta can live without.
From Maitland-Niles’ perspective, it is easy to understand why he is upset and frustrated with his club’s decision. In January, perhaps they may reconsider their stance.