Maitland-Niles was on the brink of a £30million switch to Wolves earlier this summer but Mikel Arteta made it clear that the versatile 23-year-old remained a key part of his plans for the future after an outstanding performance in the Community Shield.
Reports this week suggested Arsenal and Arteta had backtracked on this stance, with United holding advanced discussions to land Maitland-Niles in a £20m deal plus bonuses and add-ons.
After all, the Gunners are looking to raise funds for either Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and have been listening to offers for a number of their first-team stars, including Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.
But, according to Goal, Maitland-Niles is not on this list of players up for sale and Arsenal have brushed off the latest reports surrounding the England international as ‘pure speculation’.
The Red Devils have also distanced themselves from rumours of a possible agreement for Maitland-Niles and are instead pursuing a deal for Porto left-back Alex Telles.
Porto are demanding a fee of £18m for Telles and have turned down United’s two opening bids for the Brazil international.
In an interview with BT Sport last month, Maitland-Niles heaped praise on Arteta and revealed how the Spaniard had given him the confidence to go out and express himself on the pitch.
‘It’s fantastic, the manager gives so much belief in me and tells me to express myself and show the world how good I am,’ he said.
‘It helps when you’re on the pitch so that’s all I can ask for.’
The youngster said he was confident that Arsenal winning the FA Cup last season was a sign of things to come under Arteta.
‘He made it clear when he came in that he wants to do things his way,’ Maitland-Niles added.
‘Everyone needs to be on board and I think everyone’s done fantastic to be behind him as a manager and be together as a team.
‘It showed at the end of the season when we picked up that trophy.
‘I think the way he’s doing things is fantastic.’