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.