Barcelona had been reportedly inquisitive about Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer season however Mikel Arteta blocked the teen’s transfer to the Spanish giants.
The versatile midfielder was broadly anticipated to go away the membership originally of the window and was mentioned to be on the chopping block as Arsenal appeared to lift funds for his or her prime targets.
Nonetheless, his excellent show within the Neighborhood Protect towards Liverpool appeared to persuade the membership to maintain maintain of him.
Switch guru Fabrizio Romano mentioned that Arteta performed a key function in conserving the 23-year-old on the Emirates amid curiosity from LaLiga giants Barcelona.
Barca had been on the hunt for a brand new right-back and enquired about Maitland-Niles earlier than ultimately signing Sergino Dest from Ajax.
In the meantime, Arsenal are sweating on the health of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his or her Premier League conflict with Man City.
The Gunners captain withdrew from the Gabon squad with a sprained ankle this week.
Aubameyang has scored simply as soon as in Arsenal’s first 4 Premier League video games of the season
Gabon boss Patrice Neveu confirmed Aubameyang’s harm.
He informed RFI: “Aubameyang suffers from a small sprained ankle, contracted on Sunday, in the course of the Premier League match towards Sheffield.
“The Arsenal physician despatched me a certificates indicating his unavailability. He’s in take care of every week.”