‘He’s been superb’, some Arsenal fans are delighted with 22-year-old’s display at Palace

A section of Arsenal supporters have lauded the performance of Ainsley Mailand-Niles during the club’s recent 1-1 Premier League draw against Crystal Palace on the road.

Maitland-Niles found himself out of favour for the right-back role during the final month of Unai Emery’s regime but he was able to make a comeback under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

His return to first-team action came about after a hamstring injury for Hector Bellerin at West Ham United and since that game, the 22-year-old has been ever-present for the club in the Premier League.

Under the guidance of Arteta, Maitland-Niles has improved with his positioning from the right-back spot and he had a relatively good game at Selhurst Park where he kept Wilfried Zaha quiet and won three tackles against the Ivorian, as per whoscored.

Elsewhere, Maitland-Niles was not quite effective in the attack as he was unable to provide any crosses into the box but a few of the fans have appreciated the showing of the Gunners graduate, who restricted Palace’s main attacking threat in Zaha to zero shots for the entire game.

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Maitland-Niles has previously stressed that he is not a natural in the right-back position and he would prefer to play in the midfield or further up in the attack.

He has, however, done an impressive job from the defensive role over the past month and now stands a good chance of cementing his spot ahead of Hector Bellerin, who is close to returning to full fitness.

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9 months ago

I have always argued that Niles is a better defender as compared to
Bellerin. Niles’s strength is in not allowing his opposition to make shots
or crosses into the box unlike Bellerin who thrives on marking space
but allows his opposition to either cross into the box or shoot at goal

Emery did not know how to utilise Niles’s skills and capabilities

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