Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Yutility

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Aevius, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. Troopz

    Troopz Well-Known Member

    I called for him to be back up to Bellerin last summer at RB/RWB and the suggestion was laughed at by some on here.

    An engine, composure and great at 1 vs 1 duels. AMN has really impressed me this season when he's had the chance. I think he can be a regular in the side in the near future.
  2. pacstud

    pacstud Well-Known Member

    His physicality defensively has improved. Maturing nicely.
  3. YeahBee

    YeahBee Terrible hot takes

    you see composure but I see somewhat of a disinterest

    in some duels it looks hella weird because he is a rightfooted guy playing LB (for no fault of his own)

    He is most often saved by his pace even thou he might not be doing the defending technically correct, he angles his body weird (because he is right footed)

    and the inverted wingback thing he seems to favour should only be used very very sparingly

    great rotational player for if we stick with the 3 men midfield thou
    can cover jack, xhaka or ramsey IMO, and get games at RB (LB)
  4. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Good 30 minutes was calm defended well and didn't panic it seem left back suit more than being a midfielder
  5. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Agenda Merchant

    Maybe. But he also needs a more experience in the midfield at this level before we really can judge.
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  6. OSBK

    OSBK Well-Known Member

    I think he is a breath of fresh air. He is pur best lb, rb, probably cdm as well. He is going to make mistakes as he is a young player but he bursts lungs trying to make up for them.
  7. say yes

    say yes Respect Me

    He’s a promising talent but steady on there.
  8. OSBK

    OSBK Well-Known Member

    On current form I think thats fair. He played much better than kola at lb, monreal defensively has looked suspect. At rb bellerin is all over the place and who is the backup? And cdm could he really do worst than what we have?

    His performances should be a rocket up the ass for some of these players.
  9. Camron

    Camron Well-Known Member

    Vital for our future. Growing with each game. Hopefully his confidence is contagious.
  10. Tom349

    Tom349 Active Member

    Fundamentally he is flawed as a defender but thats to be expected given he lacks of experience playing as a defender. Needs to play the rest of the premier league season at right back to gain the experience he needs and learn from his mistakes like the one he committed today for their penalty. In turn that will give Bellerin a much needed rest.
  11. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    Was okay, looks far too nonchalant at times. Perfectly capable back up for Bellerin though and his versatility will be vital in coming seasons.​
  12. Aevius

    Aevius Wenger's Booty Call Moderator

    He has a lot of work to do on his defensive positioning; Mustafi and Mkhi had to cover for him several times today and that will eventually cost us. He was good otherwise though, especially in attack where he was so efficient and progressive in moving the ball up the pitch.
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  13. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Agenda Merchant

    Top first half. Not so good second half.

    He just needs to play. More than 1 game in left back, then 10 games break then 1 game in midfield then 5 games break then 1 game in right back.

    He did very well today given that this was his first game in right back this season I think.
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  14. American_Gooner

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

    Wonder of his versatility is going to end up hurting his career. You hope not but then you look at guys like Phil Jones and Chambers who have been shifted from one position to another, never getting a proper run in one place.
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  15. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    But then you look at players like Kimmich and Roberto, who have both been outstanding this season.
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  16. KrissKringle

    KrissKringle Well-Known Member

    Was decent going forward today, although not producing anything, but he was our worst player by far. Defensively he was making bad passes and was constantly beaten by his man in the second half.
    I seriously fail to see this kid being good in any of the positions he's played so far. He doesn't stand out with anything other than pace.
  17. krengon

    krengon One Arsene Wenger Trusted

    Having AMN as one of the fullbacks gives the feeling of having an extra midfielder for me.. He shows great combination play from that position and I really like that.Still has a tendency to be a bit too casual, doesn't hurt as much in that position, but can't afford that in the middle so he needs to work on that if he sees a future as a cm.
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  18. TakeChillPill

    TakeChillPill Well-Known Member

    Really like him at rb, think we might have found his best position. Pace, passing, good at winning the ball back and importantly has composure.

    I think he'll give bellerin serious competition.

    Might be a little too excited but I think if Wenger says to him you're a right back focus on that, we could potentially have a dani alves mark 2
  19. There's a top player here, you can see it. Just has to apply himself more consistently. Wenger needs to tell him to dial it up by 2 and I think we'd see something really special.
  20. grange

    grange Well-Known Member

    Can Bellerin play LWB at all or AMN? Would AMN and Bellerin as our wing backs be promising? Or, just a waste of time to think about and AMN should be moving back to the middle eventually?

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