Arsenal midfielder and youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has signed a new long term contract at the Emirates.
The England youth international has recently renewed his contract which will see him staying at the club for the upcoming years. The 20 year old has impressed in his short exposure so far and had a breakthrough last season. He went on to play 28 times for the Gunners last tern in different positions and Arsene Wenger used him as centre back, left back and defensive midfielder.
Maitland-Niles, made his first appearance for the Gunners back in 2014 in a Champions League tie against Galatasaray and since has emerged through the youth ranks at the North London club.
An England youth international, Ainsley has captained his country at under-20 level and was a key figure in their under-20 World Cup triumph in June 2017, the first time the English ever lifted the trophy.
Niles also revealed about his meet up with new Arsenal boss Unai Emery and said that he can’t wait to start life under the Spanish boss, who became the new Arsenal manager after Arsene Wenger’s departure.
“We had a little meeting. He said that he wants all of his players to work hard and I’m no stranger to doing that. It will be second nature to me. I think [the high-pressing game] suits me a lot, too. I’ve got a lot of pace to give to the team, pressing up high and winning the ball back as soon as possible is a major factor in football.”
His so far promising start at Arsenal is expected to be prolonged and it has to be seen how the youngster improve under Emery, but Maitland himself had only good things to say about his new manager.
“You don’t really hear a lot of young players being shouted out by their managers, especially a new manager who hasn’t really seen them play too much,’ Maitland-Niles told Arsenal Player.
“I think it’s brilliant to hear from him and it gives me a load of confidence,” he said.