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Arsenal defender admits he is “rotting away” under Mikel Arteta

Arsenal loanee has admitted that he wad rotting away under Mikel Arteta and he believes his loan move to Westbrom was a perfect fit for him.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta this season and started just five Premier League games for Arsenal before he joined the Baggies in the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old defender has been very impressive at Westbrom since joining on loan.

The Englishman said he was keen to leave Arsenal because his career was stalling due to lack of minutes.

While speaking to TalkSPORT, he said: “It’s another loan deal, you are going to end up going back to the club eventually.”

“It was just more of a chance for me to show what I’m capable of rather than sitting on the bench for the rest of the season and rotting away.

“The main reason was being able to play as there’s nothing better than playing. I felt it would be great to experience the work of people trying to save their careers and stay in the Premier League.” He continued.

“I think it was the perfect fit for me to be here and show them the qualities I can produce.”

Maitland-Niles also confirmed that Arteta has no similarities to his current boss Sam Allardyce.

“None at all. Two completely different men. They’ve got different ways of dealing with things and saying things to players.

“It’s strange to come out of that one environment and be chucked into something different where everything is different. There’s not one thing the same.

“I’m just learning to enjoy it and take everything as it comes.” He concluded.

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