Ainsley Maitland-Niles: 2019/2020 Performances

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by krackpot, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Tier 1 Height

    100%. He's got all the tools to be a top RB, just needs to iron a few bits out.

    I don't think Bellerin will be getting his place back so easily.
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  2. Impact

    Impact Well-Known Member

    If I recall correctly, Maitland-Niles made his debut at 17 playing CM in a match away to Galatasaray in the Champions League. Had another good game in the middle of the park away to Soton in the League Cup where we won 5-0 and away to Man Utd at the end of the 17/18 season where he was MOTM and outplayed Pogba.

    He has potential as a central midfielder. He also has potential at right back and to a lesser extent right wing. Think it's important we set him a position soon but this season the most important consideration is game time.
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  3. Impact

    Impact Well-Known Member

    Niles has all the tools to be an excellent right back EXCEPT the desire to be one. From his interviews, he still sees himself as filling in in that position. Until that changes and he owns the role, he won't reach the levels his potential will allow.
  4. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

    Essien 2.0 incoming.
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  5. Fallout

    Fallout Well-Known Member

    perhaps a controversial opinion but, absent the recurring mental lapses, i'd have him in the team over bellerin
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  6. Gooner Zig

    Gooner Zig AM's Resident Accountant Trusted

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  7. akhil

    akhil Active Member

    Although I think, this is pun intended. His utility could potentially be Essien like when he was at Lyon. He's got all the physical and technical tools honestly. It's mostly focus with him. Almost like the game's too easy or something. That's probably why he's already put in good performances in few big games, he's actually awake during them.

    Hopefully the Iwobi sale and Bellerin being back in training lit a fire under him. Knows his place is under threat soon.
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  8. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Great performance against Newcastle, but defensively can he manage to deal with elite wingers? Perhaps it’s not fair to judge based on his size and physical conditioning but I’m undecided.
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  9. Özillionaire

    Özillionaire Granit Xhaka Enthusiast

    Most young and inexperienced full backs struggle to deal with elite wingers and given that AMN is actually a converted midfielder... I think it's a harsh standard to measure him by currently.

    He's a very, very good player and, for me, the most harshly judged player in our squad.
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  10. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Why is it harsh? He’s almost 22 and he’s been tried at right back for a while now, so he ought to be judged just as any right back. We need him to play as well as he can because he will get many games this season.
  11. al-Ustaadh

    al-Ustaadh Professor of Twitter

    He’s a defensive midfielder. Rotate with Torreira. Done.
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  12. YeahBee

    YeahBee Terrible hot takes

    You do what your employer wants.

    He is supposed to be an adult professional.

    Reeks of entitelment when players moan imo.

    Those Jack of all trades players are really important for teams to
  13. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Hector will struggle if AMn keeps this up. Thought he had a beautiful game. Brilliant running, mature in the back. Not his favoured position but I felt he was one of our more consistent players on the day.
    Keep it coming boy!
  14. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford

    Not sure what he is now but when he was a CM he wasn’t a defensive one.
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  15. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful House Music

    Love AMN but don’t think Bellerin will struggle at all winning his position back. AMN isn’t a natural fullback and it shows with his positioning at times.

    Reckon he’ll end up at CM but his versatility is certainly a bonus.
  16. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Hector's injury has kept him out for a while. It's nice to have AMN playing well until Hector gets back to full fitness. Promising position to be in, thus far.
  17. Hunta

    Hunta NOT In A Caravan Trusted

    You can bring your ****ing dinner. Because, by the time I’m finished with you, you’ll ****ing need it.
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  18. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

    I don't think people could ask much more from him really. He just needs to be solid and not make any mistakes, which was what he did against Newcastle.

    Personally I think he's better defensively than Bellerin. Bellerin is a lot better going forward.
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  19. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Me too. Several posters are saying this is what will keep AMN out when Hector is back but for two reasons I don't feel that is the case.
    1. He's done well there so far. Silly own goal but I feel he has improved nonetheless.
    2. Hector's injury will see him taking time to get back to his best. Possibly the entire season if at all.
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  20. Red London

    Red London Well-Known Member

    AMN makes more errors than Bellerin in defence. I may have agreed with you if we are talking about Wengers last season, but under Emery Bellerin was probably the most improved player. He made less mistakes and had a bigger effect on our attacking play, big miss right now.

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