Arsenal fans are loving the performance of Ainsley Maitland-Niles tonight as the wing-back puts in perhaps his best performance yet in a Gunners shirt.
The England youngster looks a real talent and has long been on the fringes of the Arsenal first-team before becoming more of a regular since Hector Bellerin’s injury.
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In fairness to him, he’s taken his opportunity with both hands and shown real improvement under Unai Emery, and he’s really impressed many Arsenal fans on Twitter with the way he’s played against Rennes.
Maitland-Niles scored early on to make it 2-0, finishing off a fine move with a well-placed header, and he’s been solid and reliable in defence all evening as Rennes have done their best to try and get back in the game.
The 21-year-old looks one of many promising academy players coming through at the Emirates Stadium at the moment alongside the likes of Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe, and it’s no wonder fans are loving seeing this local lad come through…
Said it before and i'll say it again Maitland-Niles is a baller oozes quality every time I see him play what a talent to have come out of our academy!
— Joe Griffiths (@jgriffz980) March 14, 2019
Maitland Niles has been our best and calmest player so far
— Artur (@ArturM94) March 14, 2019
Maitland-Niles man of the match so far
— El Magnífico (@HanadOsman) March 14, 2019
Maitland-Niles has been superb
— Matt (@_MattAFC) March 14, 2019
— Stevez (@JxshCxxrt) March 14, 2019
Maitland Niles >>> Bellerin
— Benjamin Sharp (@Sharpovic) March 14, 2019
Maitland-Niles will win the Balon D’Or
— M (@manishb23) March 14, 2019
Maitland Niles my MOTM
— #7 (@longlivxgambino) March 14, 2019
I always believed in Maitland Niles. How can you not?
People have forgotten his midfield displays so easily. And the fact that he is 21. He's been my favorite player for almost 2 years now.
— Urban Arsenal (@urbanarsenaI) March 14, 2019