Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Midfielder or in deNile?

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Riou

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AMN got called up to the England squad last year, then Arteta froze him out and he never gets picked again. England lose on penalties when AMN might have taken one, you might be on to something. Tricky Micky just cost England the Euros

Well, this is what England get for not calling Mikel up to play for them back in the day, tbh.
 

Macho

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AMN got called up to the England squad last year, then Arteta froze him out and he never gets picked again. England lose on penalties when AMN might have taken one, you might be on to something. Tricky Micky just cost England the Euros

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Gunner boy dd

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He hates playing as a full/wing back though, he wants to be a midfielder so bad but don't look like it's gonna happen.
Any good manager would just tell him to stfu and focus on playing at fullback. Has all the tools to succeed there. Better than any of our current RBs atm. Still don't get why we signed Cedric on a 4yr contract as well when Ainsley can play there. 1 of many braindead decisions from the Spanish dictator.
 

Blankety Blank

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Any good manager would just tell him to stfu and focus on playing at fullback. Has all the tools to succeed there. Better than any of our current RBs atm. Still don't get why we signed Cedric on a 4yr contract as well when Ainsley can play there. 1 of many braindead decisions from the Spanish dictator.
Im not sure AMN is the type that would accept that.
He wants to play in Midfield which is fair enough but he needs to find his level.
Perhaps because he was one of the 1st hale end boys to break through for a number of years he feels he should be shining. Now he sees the likes of Saka & ESR playing further forward.
Perhaps he feels his nose has been pushed out when asked to play fullback & 2 younger kids who probably looked up to him when in the u23s are getting attention in more 'glamour positions'.

Its a shame because playing fullback got him an England call up.
Since he made it clear he didnt want to play that position his career has been a bit of a car crash.
 

dka91

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Any good manager would just tell him to stfu and focus on playing at fullback. Has all the tools to succeed there. Better than any of our current RBs atm. Still don't get why we signed Cedric on a 4yr contract as well when Ainsley can play there. 1 of many braindead decisions from the Spanish dictator.

Basically this.

Look I'm not 100% sure how much AMN is demanding to play at CM.

To me though if Arteta sits him down and guarantees that AMN will be the defacto starting RB but also gives him the role where he pushes up into midfield when we attack (I mentioned the 2-3-5 in another thread) then I think Ainsley maybe bites.

YMMV regarding how good you think Ainsley is but I personally think he has the tools to be a great RB so why not go for the obvious solution?

Maybe Arteta has tried but I reckon he's not promised AMN minutes even at RB which might be why he's not committed to it, ofc we don't know for sure and you could say that this is a negative view of the situation....it wouldn't surprise me though.
 
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