Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed to Football London that he has told Ainsley Maitland-Niles that he can improve and play better.
Maitland-Niles has struggled for game time at Arsenal since Arteta took over, with doubts now emerging over his future.
The youngster has been linked with an exit from the Emirates Stadium recently, due to his lack of game time.
Arteta was coy when asked whether he could sell Maitland-Niles in the summer.
But he didn’t suggest that he wants the versatile Arsenal academy graduate to start being more consistent to ensure his fulfils his potential.
“I don’t disclose those reports, first of all because I don’t read them so I don’t know about them. I speak to the players about how they are feeling and how we can help them” Arteta said.
“If they are having difficulties again I speak to them and make them easier for them.
“He’s a player who can play in many different positions, we have discussed the things in my opinion that he can improve or adapt to his game because he has incredible quality.
“He has every quality that you need to be a football player to play the highest level and he just needs to do it in a little bit more of a consistent way, but he is someone who can adapt to any position as well.”
Maitland-Niles has played in five of Arsenal’s Premier League games since the restart, but he has only been used as a substitute.
The 22-year-old has previously suggested that he sees his future as a midfielder, although Arteta has also utilised him as a right-back at times.
Arsenal take on Manchester City in the FA Cup at the weekend, and it will be interesting to see whether Maitland-Niles is given the nod for the game.