Arsenal tie prodigious youngster down to new deal

Arsenal tie prodigious youngster down to new deal

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Premier League outfit Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed that gifted starlet Ainsley Maitland-Niles has put pen to paper on a new contract with the club.

Highly-regarded

Maitland-Niles, a versatile 20-year-old English youth international, began to make his mark on Arsenal’s first-team squad this past season.

The Gunners’ youth product, who can play at either full-back, on the wing or in central midfield, played a key role in Arsenal’s run to the semi-finals of the Europa League, before also garnering plenty of attention with his performances in the Premier League towards the season’s end.

Despite spending much of his time on the pitch in a left-wing back position, many are of the opinion that Maitland-Niles’ long-term future will see him deployed in the middle of the park, with the starlet having proven exactly why with a superb showing up against the likes of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic having been given the chance to shine in midfield versus Manchester United at the end of April.

Sanchez & Maitland-Niles

Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United is challenged by Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Locked down

As things stand, Maitland-Niles is considered one of, if not the brightest young prospect at the Emirates, with Arsenal having showcased their faith in the talents of the versatile Englishman by rewarding him with a new long-term contract this afternoon:

Maitland-Niles has also been handed the no. 15 jersey for next season:

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June 12, 2018 at 07:29AM

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