Maitland-Niles gets new number as he pens Arsenal extension

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Arsenal have confirmed that Ainsley Maitland-Niles has penned a new long-term deal with the club and will now wear the number 15.

Having made his first team debut as a 17-year-old in the Champions League in 2014, the Academy graduate enjoyed a breakthrough season during the last campaign making 28 appearances across a variety of positions including left-back, right-back and midfield.

Last summer he won the under-20 World Cup with England and he’s since gone on to feature for Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21s.

Much is expected of Maitland-Niles and he’ll no doubt be hoping to earn the trust of new coach Unai Emery having been afforded so many opportunities by Arsene Wenger.

It’s great to have such a promising talent nailed down for the foreseeable future. The ball now is very much in his court. Good luck Ainsley, we’re rooting for you.

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Roof-attack
Roof-attack

great news. as much as i like new signings , having one of our own make the grade is brilliant.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

And economical. 😀

And_Unai_Said...
And_Unai_Said...

@AmericanGooner….Is that you Kroenke???

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

Obviously it isn’t… he spoke!

420Gonerblayzeit
420Gonerblayzeit

Definitely, all this worrying about our midfield, when we have such a promising player already. Slick passer, top athlete, seems to have a real hunger to succeed, local lad. I think it’s time he be our 3rd or 4th midfield option after Xhaka, Ramsey, Elneny

Alex
Alex

\o/ Are u serious when u say something like that !!

Really, after Elneny. Are u blind ???

Elneny is just awful !!! He’s a marketing player for sell shirt in Africa and Middle East.

For me, Maitland-Niles is already better than Xhaka !!
Who disappear after the slightest pressing.

GFSammy
GFSammy

For what it’s worth… we arsenal fans in africa and the middle east aren’t fans because of elneny. But continue being silly anyway

Alex
Alex

Elneny is not bad but he doesn’t have the level for play in top 6 club.

Sorry, if i hurt u but he is really poor in game with this foot same if he s a good person with a good spirit.

Alex
Alex

I am not racist or something like that just read this articles and dares to tell me that it is not advantageous to have an Egyptian player when you have more than 2.5M supporters of this same nationality is more than those of English and French meets.

Same for Japeness, Coreen and American players.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/691338/Arsenal-fans-worldwide-countries-most-supporters-Facebook-biggest-sportgalleries

https://adigitalboom.com/3-reasons-why-arsenal-should-hire-an-egyptian-digital-agency/

https://www.arsenal.com/news/club-breaks-new-ground-egypt

https://www.ecofoot.fr/continent-africain-croissance-economique-football/

Le Bob
Le Bob

Good news indeed.

Xhaka Demus, no Pliers
Xhaka Demus, no Pliers

Great news. He has all it takes to be a top top player. I wonder will Emery use him more as a box to box CM or try get him to sit as a defensive CM? He has the physicality and ball skills to do either and hopefully we’ll see a lot more of him next season

LEFT08
LEFT08

Brilliant! Like the new number too. Very Parlor-esque.

TommyGun
TommyGun

The Ilford Pele

Rich
Rich

That’s saved us £100,000,000

gooner1981
gooner1981

Great news. This could be the season where he truly establishes himself in midfield, where he truly belongs. Really stoked for this kid

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky

This is big. I love this!

BODMAS
BODMAS

HERZLICHE GLÜCKWÜNSCHE

gooner
gooner

Time to pop a MUM bottle

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Oof… that’s a bit harsh.

D ceee
D ceee

I get the thing about his mum. But what is a MUM bottle?

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Champagne.

D ceee
D ceee

Great news.
Not totally convinced Wenger really aided his development though. Playing him wherever seemed convenient. Hope Emery has more of a plan in place for him. He excelled as a box to box at Ipswich

D ceee
D ceee

I don.t mean that to sound as harsh as it may do. I.m sure Arsene helped him a lot, especially in terms of dealing with being a first team player and all the hype and associated problems. I just think playing him in a more settled role and more regularly would have helped him further

D ceee
D ceee

For example..why after winnning motm at manure did he not play again?

Wenger's Smirk
Wenger's Smirk

Please. Stop. You’re not helping yourself!

D ceee
D ceee

News Hound can we have a foto of you please? I.m always wondering who this spectacle wearing beardie is

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Jack
Jack

Like a new signing.

chuqu
chuqu

Congratulations Ainsley. I’m sure you are gonna win loads of trophies with us, you are one of us and we are in this together. Don’t stop working hard, the future is definitely bright for you. Good luck.

allezkev
allezkev

Very encouraging news, for as much as I enjoy signing players, developing our own, to the level required, is even better.
Now hurry up and sort out that Reiss Nelson contract and why you’re at it, Vlad Dragomir and Josh Dasilva.

Tungor
Tungor

He is true class

Skinnyarse
Skinnyarse

Maitlan Niles is a great talent, next up is Nelson and Nketiah.
Emery has inherited some very talented youngsters for sure.

Alex
Alex

Joshua Da silva & Joao Virginia same level Nelson & Nketiah

afan
afan

Hmmm, im not sure about this, from what I have seen of him he is a bit of a liabilaty

Adriano
Adriano

I gave you a thumbs up for being so hilarious! that’s really funny!

Alex
Alex

Same for Reiss Nelson, Joshua Da silva & Joao Virginia !!

Arsenal has so much good player that he releases Josh Benson https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/josh-benson/profil/spieler/397102

New? 2019 Reiss Nelson MOD MOC U19 Three lions
New? 2018 Joshua Da Silva MD MC U20
New? 2019 Joao Virginia GB
New? 2018 Vlad Dragomir MOC MC

x 2020 or + Matt Macey
x 2020 or + Ben Sheaf
x 2021 Daniel Ballard DC
x 2023 Ainsley Maitland-Niles U21
x 2022 Edward Nketiah BT U21 U19
x 2022 Joe Willock MC U19
x 2020 Emile Smith-Rowe MC MG U18
x 2021 Trae Coyle MOC MOG BT U17
x 2021 Xavier Amaechi MOD MOG U17
x 2021 Tyreece John-Jules BT MOD U17
x 2020 Zech Medley DC

? Robbie Burton MC MD
Folarin Balogun BT
Bukayo Saka MOG MOD DG U17
Vontae Daley-Campbell DD U17
Harrison Clarke DC
Zak Swanson MC
? Arthur Okonkwo GB