Ainsley Maitland-Niles has made a plea on social media for a move to gain first-team football, but Arsenal have insisted the midfielder stay and fight for his place.
The 23-year-old is keen to leave the Emirates and secure more minutes, particularly ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
However, Arsenal, who were initially prepared to let the utility player leave, now appear to be unwilling to sanction a move so close to the deadline and want the player to fight for his place.
Writing on Instagram, Maitland-Niles said:
“All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play.”
He spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, but was unable to help keep the club in the Premier League.