Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Yutility

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

  1. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    That dribble, though. Must have thought he was playing with the reserves. :rofl:

    Nice game overall
  2. Gamefaced

    Gamefaced Active Member

    He had a really mixed game, the mistakes, but sometimes good going forward with the ball at his feet being a good outlet, on the whole played the majority well.
    I sometimes find him to be too relaxed and laidback in defence, he can often react to slow and defend half heartedly allowing players to get round him when he has the obvious pace to counteract it. I give him a bit of leeway as i know it's not his favoured position, but he is doing a job for the team... but still he needs to concentrate more and show more fight in defence as it's a critical point in the season for us.
  3. PoleInGoal

    PoleInGoal Well-Known Member

    Gotta say I can't figure out this player at all. Looked like he'd got out of bed 5 minutes before kick-off, then second half playing like TAA. He has the ability to be a key player for us just needs to wake up sometimes
  4. krengon

    krengon One Arsene Wenger Trusted

    I like how he's able to recover from bad starts, had a mare to start, but figured it out after a while and played great for the rest of the game. This happened in a few other games too. Of course you don't want him to start badly, but it's a good sign of his mentality that he can turn it around.
  5. American_Gooner

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

    He's like a boxer that takes a few rounds to figure out his opponent
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  6. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation


    'He is gonna hit me here. And here. Ouch that hurts. I don't think he will ever be allowed to kick me. Ok so he does this. I got him'
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  7. rich 1990

    rich 1990 Men's Rights Activist

    Proper weirdo this lad. Can't figure him out at all. Butchered for 45 minutes, got better and an assist.
  8. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Dopey first half, incredible second. It's admirable that he's able to recover so substantially from initially poor starts.

    The next step - less bad starts.

    It was pointed out by quite a few that he had to often deal with 2v1s which contributed to his poor first half - and while that did happen, his awareness still could have been better. It's just a case of being focused. As I say, a focused AMN is 100x the player.
  9. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    can't wait to see him play midfield
  10. 14Henry

    14Henry Well-Known Member

    What I noticed is that in the first half just before their goal he was attacking, lost the ball and they broke. He didn't even run back. Not as much as a jog back. As a right wing back if you lose the ball you have to sprint back,even if it is just to cover your central defender while he has moved out to cover you and maybe slow the counter attack up.

    There's not a chance if that is Andy Robertson he is doing that. He is sprinting back whether there's no point or not.
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  11. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    AMN is not a fullback, or a wingback. Clearly lacks some basics for that position, like the one you just mentioned.
    why even compare him to a fullback to make any point
  12. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Tier 1 Height

    Thank absolute f*ck for this lad, an unsung hero of this team imo.

    He definitely grows into games and is shaky, but just imagine if we were stuck with Jenks and Litch all season?

    Really like this kid, and his fight at the end.
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  13. 14Henry

    14Henry Well-Known Member

    Because regardless of your best position you have to fulfil the roles you are and have been doing for the last 3-4 months.

    And losing the ball and running back in position to try and retrieve it isn't a skill set solely for one position. It's a basic requirement of any player.

    Lose the ball run to win it back.
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  14. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    don't agree cause you are talking perfect world here.
    first of all as a wingback you have extra cover behind and they should be dealing with that properly, as playing wingback means you need to offer more offensively then a fullback in 4 man D. that alone makes comparison to Robertson not really relevant.
    2nd of all, Niles is not a up and down the flank player, he does have concentration problems and once again, is not natural there. yes, he keeps doing similar mistakes game in game out and could have learned from it surely, but not everyone is the same, our form/tactics/players missed/out of form, are not of help either.

    my main concern about your initial post was that you compared what would a in form fullback in a in form club do, against not so in form club, not so in form player in a different system playing out of position do. unrealistic in a first place
  15. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    First Auba, then AMN.

    Guedes will have recurring nightmares.
  16. Wrighty4eva

    Wrighty4eva Well-Known Member

    This guy is confusing as h*ll...
  17. 14Henry

    14Henry Well-Known Member

    What I'm saying is what a player with passion and determination who wants to make sure he stays in the starting 11 would do compared to what AMN is.

    We clearly didn't have enough cover as they scored. Had he ran back and tried to help he may have been in the box to make a block.

    Even at under 10s football if your right back loses the ball in the opponents half youd be telling them to run back. It really is simple however if your don't see anything wrong with that and just jogging back is sufficient then your part of the problem too. I want players who work tirelessly and when lose the ball retrieve it. Not dander back because he thinks we have cover.
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  18. <<reed>>

    <<reed>> Meme Merchant

    Great assist, but Hazard will be too much for him I am afraid if he couldn't handle Guedes.
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  19. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    I get furious when I see that lackadaisical jogging.

    But then he shows his class afterwards.

    Potential to be a hell of a player. Just no idea in which position.
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  20. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Bum Squad CEO

    Probably my favourite in the squad now that Ramsey is gone.

    Local lad, from the youth team and a good player. Just going to keep getting better as long as he stays injury free.

    Doubt he’ll ever be world class but he has the makings of a very solid player.

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