Ainsley Maitland-Niles involved in serious car accident as Arsenal star rolls Mercedes on its side on M25 at 6am06/30/2021
ARSENAL star Ainsley Maitland-Niles is unhurt after a serious car accident on the M25 on Wednesday morning.
The 23-year-old's Mercedes G-Class ended up on its side at around 6am.
The Gunners have confirmed to The Athletic that it was Maitland-Niles involved in the crash.
Rumours that the England international had been at the wheel had been circulating on WhatsApp and social media all day.
Highways England had earlier stated that there had been a "multi-vehicle incident with a car on its side" between junctions 24 at Potters Bar and Junction 25 near Enfield, north London.
Arsenal's club doctor is reported to have called Maitland-Niles after the incident to check on his welfare.
The midfielder spent part of last season on loan at West Brom, making 12 appearances, but could not stop the Baggies from being relegated.
He has five caps for England but did not make Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad for Euro 2020.
Earlier this month, Maitland-Niles had said he is ready to "kiss Arsenal goodbye".
He joined the club aged six and progressed through the youth ranks before making his debut in 2014.
But after a good campaign in 2019-20, Maitland-Niles found himself out of Mikel Arteta's plans.
He revealed he joined West Brom in January to stop himself from "rotting away" on the bench.
He told the Telegraph: “If I was to get a phone call from someone at Arsenal and they said they'd like a meeting tomorrow, then it would be easier that way.
“They can tell me whether they've got plans to play me in the future or if they want to sell me.
“I've heard they want to make some space [in the squad] and some money so I'm not sure.”
He added: “I want a decision. I want some clarity. And then hopefully I can get to work with whoever I need to get to work with.
“Whether that is finding a new club or whether that is carrying on with my training. I would like some kind of indication of what is happening. Where they [Arsenal] see me.
“If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye. It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that.
“Maybe they still want to do something and things could change. If not, there’s always other teams.
“It would be easier to do it now than waiting for pre-season to kick in and everything is super busy.
“And they can’t answer their phones because they are doing too much work. You know how the football world works.”
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