Arteta warns fans Arsenal project will 'take some time'
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Mikel Arteta has been backed over the way he has dealt with Ainsley Maitland-Niles in recent weeks. Maitland-Niles has made his frustrations public after being denied a move away from Arsenal and some have questioned the way in which Arteta has handled the situation.
The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion and was pushing for another move away from the club in the final stages of the transfer window.
Arsenal had considered an offer from Everton for his services, but after Hector Bellerin moved to Real Betis they decided to keep hold of him.
That prompted Maitland-Niles to plead to be released on social media. “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play,” he wrote on Instagram, tagging Arsenal in the post.
According to The Mirror, Maitland-Niles has now been expelled from first-team training because Arteta is trying to lay down the law at the club.
Some have questioned why Arsenal decided to keep a player who spent last season on loan and doesn’t want to be at the club.
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But former Gunners stiker Kevin Campbell believes Arteta is right to treat Maitland-Niles harshly in order to try and stamp out dissent in the ranks.
“I will tell you this about football clubs, is that you have to worry about the players who aren’t playing,” he told Football Insider.
“That’s where a lot of the dissent comes from and when you are winning, stuff like this never comes out of clubs.
“The fact of the matter is, there is a lot of flack flying. There is a lot of people talking and a window just closed.
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“If you can knock over the beehive you get some movement. Of course Arteta is being questioned, he’s a manager who is learning on the job.
“He’s allowed to be questioned, he is the Arsenal manager. If he wants things done a certain way, you do that.
“It can be difficult because fans get involved. But he is the manager of the club, if he tells you to jump five metres, you jump five metres.
“If you don’t do it, he will find someone who will.”
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Arteta is under huge pressure already this season following three successive Premier League defeats which have left them bottom of the table.
Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City have all picked up three points against the Gunners, who are yet to score in the league this season.
A 6-0 win over a weakened West Brom side in the Carabao Cup did little to allay fears over the club, who have splashed out in the transfer window.
The international break came at a good time and now Arteta will be hoping to get back on track when Arsenal host fellow strugglers Norwich on Saturday.
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