Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Serie A side AS Roma on loan from English Premiership side Arsenal until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old has been associated with us since he was six years old, developing through the Academy to first team, where he has made 132 appearances in all competitions.
Ainsley made his first-team debut shortly after his 17th birthday, coming on as a substitute in our UEFA Champions League match away to Galatasaray in December 2014. He then made his Premier League debut later that week against Newcastle United.
In 2015, Ainsley went on loan to Ipswich Town to gain further experience, making 32 appearances during his time with the Suffolk side. On his return, he established himself in the first-team squad and during Arsene Wenger’s final season as manager he made a total of 28 appearances in all competitions, which was followed in June 2018 by signing a new long-term contract.
England international Ainsley spent the second half of last season on loan to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, making 12 appearances for the Baggies. He began last season by winning the man of the match award in the FA Community Shield win over Liverpool and scoring a penalty in the shootout.
Everyone at Arsenal wants to wish Ainsley all the best during his time with AS Roma.
The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.