The 21-year-old has been limited to just two starts in the Premier League this season with most of his appearances coming in Europe of late.
Maitland-Niles has previously proven to be a useful asset for Arteta with his ability to play at right-back, left-back and in central midfield.
The Spanish boss has opted for Dani Ceballos and Xhaka Granit as his first-choice pairing in the middle of the park. But the duo were badly exposed in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves as the Gunners slipped to their fifth league defeat of the season.
With Arteta exercising caution over the return of summer signing Thomas Partey, who has been nursing a thigh injury, Arsenal’s options are limited.
Their next league outing is a tough test away at high-flying Spurs and Wright wants to see Maitland-Niles recalled to provide more ‘physicality’ in midfield.
‘We need energy and legs,’ the Gunners legend said on his Wrighty’s House podcast.
‘As much as I thought Joe Willock did as well as he could do in the second half [against Wolves], Reiss Nelson the same, we’re going to need someone like Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
‘I don’t think [Mohamed] Elneny’s going to play, [Thomas] Partey’s not going to play.
‘And you’re looking at somebody like a [Alexandre] Lacazette or somebody who’s going to have to be able to come off that front and patrol that area of [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg.’