West Brom signs Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal

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By signing the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal, West Brom raised their hopes of Premier League survival.

With just two wins to their credit, the Baggies are mired in trouble, actually second from bottom in the league.

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce, however, spoke positively about extricating the side from its slump and was endorsed by the club’s board in the transfer window.

To reinforce goalkeeper, midfield, and attack respectively, he brought in established leaders Andy Lonergan, Robert Snodgrass, and Mbaye Diagne.

Turkish defensive midfielder Okay Yokuslu joined Celta Vigo temporarily, and Maitland-Niles capped a promising deadline for West Brom to join Arsenal on loan.

Maitland-Niles will work in a variety of defense and midfield roles, meaning Allardyce has done some excellent business as he is preparing for West Brom a way out of trouble.

Southampton courted the 23-year-old, but he wanted a relegation battle, and it may be that the Hawthorns’ normal playing time was dangled by Allardyce in front of him.

Although Allardyce was involved in taking players to the club, at Arsenal, it was the opposite.

Mikel Arteta, manager of the Gunners, made it clear that he wanted to sweep the Emirates boards, and he pushed a host of players on.

“Arteta said, “We have determined [who could quit today] and we are working on it. “Before 11 pm, you’ll find out. I’m not allowed to talk about any particular players. What we want to do, the discussions we’ve had, the different reasons – let’s see if tonight we can get something done.

In January, Mesut Ozil was the high-profile departure from Arsenal, joining Fenerbahce on loan, but earlier in the month after being released from his deal, Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed for Olympiakos and it was a similar story with Shkodran Mustafi leaving for Schalke, while William Saliba, Sead Kolasinac, Zach Medley, Joe Willock, and Matt Smith left on loan.

Maitland-Niles has now joined the Arsenal exodus in a credit deal until the end of the season.

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