Report: Ipswich set to sign Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan

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17-year-old midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles will become Ipswich's second loan signing of the summer.

Ipswich are set to secure the season-long loan signing of promising Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to BBC Sport.

The 17-year-old has made three appearances for Arsenal since making his debut against Galatasary in the Champions League in December, becoming the club's second youngest ever player to play in the competition after Jack Wilshere.

Maitland-Niles only signed a professional deal with the Gunners two months before that, but he went on to make his Premier League debut just a few days later, against Newcastle United, while also briefly appearing against Hull in the FA Cup third round.

Last year also saw the youngster feature in the England Under-17 side, before playing for the Under-18 team after his Gunners debut.

Can Maitland-Niles help Ipswich earn promotion to the Premier League?

It is clear that the winger is a very talented young player, as though Arsene Wenger is often happy to give his youngsters game time in the League Cup, he rarely does it in the Champions League and Premier League, especially with players at such a young age.

Maitland-Niles also featured in 34 matches for the Gunners in the Under-21 league, a huge amount for a player that only turned 17 once the season had started.

For the Tractor Boys, he is likely to offer a role anywhere across the midfield, having played both centrally and out wide for Arsenal's youth sides.

Though Maitland-Niles could start the campaign as cover, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him become a vital part of Mick McCarthy's side as Ipswich look to improve upon last season's playoff semi-finals.

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