Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles has given his heartfelt thank to Arsene Wenger for the trust he has shown on the youngster on his debut season.
The Gunners midfielder spoke to Sky Sports recently and he had only words of praise for his manager. He said that Wenger’s belief and his approach has made it easy for him in his breakthrough season at Arsenal.
The young man has made a cut to the first team this season after a series of impressive performances in the Under 23 side and the Europa League, and has made 10 Premier League appearances this season.
“I owe him a lot for believing in me and telling me I need to work on stuff before he has put me out there,” Mailtland-Niles said on Wenger.
“Me personally, he’s a very trusting person. He has a lot of belief in his players and whenever you want to talk to him about something his door’s always open – you can always walk in.
Niles says Wenger is a father figure
“Especially on the training pitch, he does put his arm around you when he thinks, ‘Look, I need to get into this player and tell him in a nice way how he needs to improve on this and that’, and it gives you a lot of confidence that the boss believes in you,” the youngster added reverberating the trust and faith Arsene has shown in him in such a tender age which obviously has helped him to thrive as a player.
The England under 21 also said that Wenger is like father figure and anyone can go up to discuss any problem with him, and also the person treats everyone like a family.
He has made a giant leap in the first team this season
Arsenal’s dismal form in the league this season has seen many supporters, pundits criticize Wenger for the results, but Ainsley believes players should also get a part of the blame.
“I don’t think we take enough [blame]. We should also take some of the blame because we are the ones on the pitch. He only picks the team, so that’s how far his judgement goes, but us on the pitch I think we need to take more responsibility and really fight and stand up for our club,” he said.