Ainsley Maitland-Niles reacts after completing loan move from Arsenal to Roma

Ainsley Maitland-Niles says he hopes to achieve ‘something great’ with Roma after joining the Serie A giants on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old was limited to just two Premier League starts in the first half of the campaign with boyhood club Arsenal and had been keen to secure a temporary move with a view to boosting his first-team minutes.

Mikel Arteta blocked Maitland-Niles from joining Everton last summer and the England international could not hide his frustration at the time, saying ‘all I wanna to do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play’ on Instagram.

But the Gunners have given Maitland-Niles the opportunity to prove himself elsewhere this January and the versatile midfielder is clearly raring to get started under new boss Jose Mourinho after being officially unveiled in Rome.

The Arsenal academy product, who has been capped five times by England, will wear the No.15 shirt at the Stadio Olimpico.

‘I am just delighted to be here and can’t wait to crack on,’ Mailtand-Niles told Roma’s official website.

‘I want to help the team and show what I can do as a player.

‘Thank you to the fans for the support they’ve already shown me – I hope we can go on to do something great by the end of the season.’

Roma’s general manager, Tiago Pinto, believes Maitland-Niles’ versatility could be a huge asset for the club in the second half of the season, with the Englishman comfortable at full-back and in midfield.

‘With Maitland-Niles we are bringing to Roma a young player who fits well with the profile we were looking for to improve the squad and cover a number of different positions,’ Pinto said.

‘When we spoke to Ainsley we were really struck by his enthusiasm about the prospect of joining our group and having the chance to work with Jose Mourinho.’

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Arsenal head coach Arteta wished Maitland-Niles all the best and revealed the midfielder was relishing the opportunity to play under Mourinho.

‘Ainsley came to me and explained the reasons why he thought the best thing for him and his career was to move away,’ the Spaniard told reporters.

‘He felt the opportunity to go to Rome and work with Jose was a good one.

‘Being fair with the amount of minutes that he’s played he was entitled to that opportunity. We wish him the best.

‘We’re very short at the moment [in midfield], but this shouldn’t be the only reason for keeping a player.

‘Ainsley was very straight with me and I understood the situation. Obviously, we’re going to move and look for options as we’re very short there.’

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