Ainsley Maitland-Niles: 2019/2020 Performances

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  1. Lady_Gooner

    Lady_Gooner That's Mrs. Ramsey to you buster!

    He really should consider RB and stop fighting it. Why does every player want to be a midfielder? Maybe he’ll do a Theo and change his mind...
  2. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Well as RWB he look more comfortable playing because he got mmore protection also if we remember as RB he struggled in many games.
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  3. Dutch D

    Dutch D Well-Known Member

    Thought he did quite well. Could do more in possession, but positive performance.
  4. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    If he committed to RB it would save the club a lot of money on trying to find a Bellerin replacement.
  5. Mitch

    Mitch Bellerin Upgrade Advocate

    Put in a performance the level Bellerin hasnt been able to do in years.

    You love to see it!
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  6. Camron

    Camron Established Member

    Biggest difference between the two is attitude.

    Ainsley believes he will beat his man.

    Hector hopes he can beat his man.

    Hope Hector finds some confidence or Ainsley claims RB.
  7. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Good performance.

    Like I said. AMN is a good player, a great talent. He can be very good RB in the future if he wants too. He can also become a very good midfielder if the manager gives him a chance there.
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  8. Shalmaneser V

    Shalmaneser V Well-Known Member

    He did ok.

    Still too erratic and wasteful in possession for my liking.
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  9. Impact

    Impact Well-Known Member

    Technically Maitland-Niles is at a different level to Bellerín. Notably today we saw how good his pass reception can be and how it puts him in a position to progress play, which Pépé benefited from hugely.

    Whereas Bellerín often finds himself in a position where after receiving the ball he can only reasonably pass inside which starves our attack on the right-hand side. Bellerín is still recovering from his injury so we may see improvements with time but it is worrying right now.
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  10. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    He's technically way better and more comfortable on the ball than bellerin is

    More agile and now probably faster than bellerin
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  11. Mrs Bergkamp

    Mrs Bergkamp Well-Known Member

    Arteta needs to have an honest chat with him. We have Bellerin, Cedric and Sokratis who can all play at RB. If AMN won't play at RB and Arteta won't play him in midfield, he must be moved on. There's no point keeping him and letting him stagnate. He was good today and with a little application and better coaching, he might be very,very good at RB.
  12. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford

    I've backed Bellerin but yeah it was night and day. Was amazing to see a RB who could pass to someone who wasn't playing RCB or the RCM.

    Is it a coincidence that Pepe had one of his best games for us? Maybe but I'd like to see more.
  13. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    Imagine if we sell this guy and keep Bellerin and Soares and actually AMN turns out to be our best RB hahaha that'd be funny y'know.
  14. MikelHadADream

    MikelHadADream Well-Known Member

    Bellerin kills our build up, teams just cut off certain passing lanes when he's on the ball and know he will either pass backwards or give it away. Ainsley can play with both feet and at any angle, he's really agile and has a good touch (education as a midfielder helps this).

    He obviously isn't perfect, he needs to improve his concentration and intensity, far too often he 10/20 min spells where he is really poor. But on the whole, he definitely is better than Bellerin now in my opinion.
  15. RunTheTrap

    RunTheTrap Well-Known Member

    Do you think its more likely that AMN hates being on the bench rather than actually being a right back? I think it's possible he's fed up of being the understudy and why he complains a lot. I think if we were to move on Bellerin, he might be more willing to play right back.
  16. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    Especially as fullbacks are massively important in the current game and there's enough examples of wingers or CMs becoming lauded fullbacks.
  17. lazyfreak

    lazyfreak Member

    No. He already had an entire season of playing RB/RWB and started this season doing so then came out with that "I'm not a defender" interview. He's hell-bent on a midfield role.

    People are going a bit overboard with his performance against Southampton. Yes it was an improved performance from his point of view and the RB position in general. But it doesn't take away the fact most of his RB performances have been average at best, some even being really poor.

    Ship has sailed. He along with some of his staunch followers view him strictly as a CM. He's third choice RB and eighth choice CM at best, taking into consideration Saka and even Kolasinac as LCM options. Would be shocked if he was still here next season.
  18. Football Manager

    Football Manager Copy & Paste Merchant

    Bellerin might not be playing well, but it’s because he has just recovered from injury and it’s obvious that he is not match fit. But this is just a fitness issue, everyone knows what bellerin can do in top form.

    AMN does not really have a stand out quality in him. He just looks more average. I would say he is more consistent. But has a lower ceiling in terms of development.

    And also some people here praise AMN technical ability. In terms of technical ability they are not significantly better than one another.

    These are technical skills (they are not complicated skills like elastico but at least they are simple skill move to send the defender to the wrong way):

    04:57-05:03 (bellerin)

    Who doesn’t want our wing back to be as technically gifted as marcelo. Both AMN and Bellerin are not bad at it, they are not significantly better than one another in terms of technical skills. You are just trying too hard to put bellerin down by saying AMN is much better in this aspect of the game.
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  19. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Ainsley's changed his mind! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    As much as I still want to see him in CM, I'm at least glad that he is humble enough to do what the manager asks diligently. He's done pretty well in the games he's started so far for Arteta this season.
  20. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    The thing is, playing RB for Unai Emery and playing RB for Mikel Arteta are completely different things. Under Emery you're a regular RB, under Arteta you're expected to drop in and become a quasi-midfielder at times. AMN should be all over that, he's very well suited for it.
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