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Arsenal on-loan midfielder gets 9/10 for latest display, his passing through the lines caused havoc

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Arsenal on-loan midfielder gets 9/10 for latest display, his passing through the lines caused havoc

Arsenal academy graduate Ainsley Maitland-Niles continues to shine on loan at West Bromwich Albion in his favoured midfield position.

The 23-year-old, who has made 121 competitive appearances for Arsenal since his senior debut in 2014, swapped the Emirates for The Hawthorns at the start of February.

Maitland-Niles struggled to nail down a first-team place under Mikel Arteta, with just five Premier League starts in red and white this season.

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In addition, he has often been deployed on the flanks, while Baggies boss Sam Allardyce has been using him in his preferred midfield position.

To date, Maitland-Niles has made nine appearances for Albion, playing the full 90 minutes on each occasion.

His latest was on Monday night, helping the Baggies to a superb 3-0 victory over Southampton – their second in a row following their shock triumph over Chelsea.

The Birmingham Mail named Maitland-Niles their man of the match, rating him 9 out of 10.

 

“A sterling first half,” wrote the outlet. “Energy, quick feet to go with his quick mind.

“His passing through the lines caused a multitude of problems for Ward-Prowse and Diallo, who were constantly facing their own goal.

“Took a crunching fall in the second half but soldiered on. Deserving of his man of the match award on a night where a number could’ve justified it.”

Arsenal have had their fair share of midfield issues this season – could their answer lie in a player who’s already on the books at the club?

Maitland-Niles is contracted to the Gunners until 2023, and it’s clear he sees his future in midfield – food for thought for Arteta.

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