The fact that the player’s boss has become impatient with the young Frenchman could increase the chances that the player may depart the San Siro.
Arsenal have been linked with the 22-year-old with reports in Italy suggesting he could be lined up as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, although his current form would suggest otherwise.
Montella told Tuttosport that although he has a great deal of admiration for Niang’s potential, recent displays have led him to question the player’s commitment:
‘I have given him compliments so many times, but this time I gave him a little less. He can and must do more, you have to commit more.’
Arsenal may be looking at Niang as a potential future star but it seems very unlikely that the club would see him as a direct replacement for Sanchez.
The Chilean is still believed to be talking with the Gunners over a new deal, and recent comments on Arsenal’s Youtube channel, that he is “happy and comfortable” at the club, suggest he is more likely to stay than to leave.