Maitland-Niles who is one of Arsenal’s promising midfielder and potential replacement for Walcott is set to ply his trade at Ipswich, for a second season-long loan spell. Niles made his professional debut for Arsenal at the age of 17 years and 102 days in the Champions League against Galatasaray in December 2014, becoming the second-youngest player ever to represent the club in the history of the competition.
The 6ft2 tall creative winger enjoyed a successful start at Ipswich town last season until his mother and agent left coach McCarthy an x-rate voicemail, complaining about the winger’s lack of playing time. This is not the first time that his mother has had a negative impact on Niles career, as she had previously gotten him banned by Arsenal in April 2015 after she confronted chief negotiator, Dick Law, and threatened to drag her son off the pitch at their training base.
Despite the off pitch incidence between McCarthy and Niles mum, both player and coach have a good working relationship and look forward to be reunited at the Suffolk ground next season. Niles impressive record at Ipswich stands at 32 appearances, 23 starts, 9 sub appearances and 2 goals.
Will Niles be plying his trade in the championship next season with Ipswich or will he be staying with Arsenal with the future of Walcott uncertain?