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Arsenal in Transition: Key Player Exits, Starlet’s Future Unclear

Arsenal News: Nelson Contract Negotiations Continue, Maitland-Niles Bids Farewell

The Future of Reiss Nelson at Arsenal

In Arsenal’s latest squad developments, as reported by BBC Sport, there’s a tug-of-war situation involving their homegrown talent, Reiss Nelson. At 23, the winger’s contract is poised to end on the 30th of June. Despite this uncertainty, the young gun has been impressive, notching up three Premier League goals last season. His memorable 97th-minute clincher against Bournemouth in March, sealing a 3-2 victory, underlines his importance to the club.

Since joining the Gunners at the tender age of 9 and making his Arsenal debut at 17, Nelson has played in 34 Premier League matches since the 2017-18 season. Having gained experience through loan spells with Feyenoord and Hoffenheim, Nelson is now a regular feature in Arsenal’s matchday squad.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles Departs Arsenal

In contrast to Nelson’s ongoing negotiations, 25-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles ends his lifelong relationship with Arsenal, the club he joined when he was just 6.

The England international spent last season on loan at Southampton, making 22 appearances for the Saints who sadly suffered relegation. His loan spells also took him to West Brom and Roma, where he enjoyed a successful stint under Jose Mourinho, winning the Europa Conference League.

Unfortunately, Maitland-Niles hasn’t donned the Arsenal shirt since 2021, and his departure marks the end of an era that began with his first-team debut shortly after his 17th birthday.

Alongside Maitland-Niles, Arsenal have bid adieu to Zach Awe, Joel Ideho, George Lewis, Matt Smith, and Tom Smith as the club moves forward to shape their squad for the next season.

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