Arsenal should fine Ainsley Maitland-Niles and deny him a deadline day transfer for his Instagram exit plea, according to talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan.
The 24-year-old sparked interest from Everton, who approached the Gunners with a loan offer with an option to buy.
However, Arsenal turned down the jackpot for their five-cap England international, who then took to social media to express their displeasure.
“All I want to do is go where I want and where I’m going to play,” Maitland-Niles’ Instagram story read on Monday.
It has since been reported that Maitland-Niles has been barred from first-team training at Arsenal, further increasing tensions between the player and the club he joined at the age of six.
Jordan, however, believes manager Mikel Arteta has taken the right approach in the matter, saying players need to learn to do as they’re told.
“What the player wants is the atypical scenario of ‘I want what I want when I want it and it works for me and it only suits me,” said the outspoken expert at talkSPORT.
“They have to understand that they are the sum of a part and that that part is a football club that they are employed by and that they have to do as they are told.
“They are not the football club, they are no more important than the Arsenal football club. He is under contract, he does as he is told!
Arsenal have had a scorching start to the Premier League campaign, sitting at the bottom of the table with zero goals and zero points.
Jordan believes Maitland-Niles needs to take responsibility for his lack of playing time, having only played 48 minutes in all competitions this season.
He spent last season on loan at West Brom, but clearly didn’t do enough during that spell to impress manager Arteta.
“Why isn’t he in the Arsenal squad? Because the squad is stinking right now, so he has to see himself as the reason he’s not in Arsenal’s squad, ”said the White and Jordan host.
“His performances last year at West Brom didn’t tear a tree, and secondly, you are a professional footballer.
“It’s not your knack to go out there and criticize or comment on the club you currently play for, because that puts you in a position where you disagree with the club.”
The former Crystal Palace chairman went on to clarify what approach he would take with the player, if he was in charge at the Emirates.
“If it was me, I would fine him,” he said with little hesitation.
“I would fine him two weeks’ salary and say, ‘Now you’re staying for good.’ “
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