Ainsley Maitland-Niles completes loan move from Arsenal to Roma with 24-year-old expected to make his debut for Jose Mourinho’s side against Juventus on Sunday
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma on loan for the remainder of the season
- The Arsenal academy product could make his debut for Roma against Juventus
- Maitland-Niles has struggled to command a regular starting berth for Arsenal
Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season, the Italian club announced on Saturday.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who has made 132 appearances for his boyhood club in north London, will join up with compatriots Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham in Jose Mourinho’s squad.
‘I am just delighted to be here and can’t wait to crack on. I want to help the team and show what I can do as a player,’ England international Maitland-Niles said.
England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined AS Roma on loan for the season
The England international has joined the Serie A side until June and has been given the No 15
‘Thank you to the fans for the support they have already shown me – I hope we can go on to do something great by the end of the season.’
Maitland-Niles struggled for game time at Arsenal in the first half of the season, making eight Premier League appearances – the last on Nov.20.
Mourinho will be hoping the wing-back can make an impact after an inconsistent start to the season has left Roma seventh after 20 games, six points outside the top four.
‘With Maitland-Niles we are bringing to Roma a young player who fits well with the profile we were looking for to improve the squad and cover a number of different positions,’ said Roma General Manager Tiago Pinto.
‘When we spoke to Ainsley we were really struck by his enthusiasm about the prospect of joining our group and having the chance to work with Jose Mourinho.’
Maitland-Niles’ versatility could prove to be of great use to Roma manager Jose Mourinho
This season Maitland-Niles has found it difficult to get regular playing time at Arsenal