Ainsley Maitland-Niles (30)


#161

Wilshere is definitely expendable if we continue investing time into AMN and Nelson


#162

Playing well and very maturely, looks super comfortable in the middle.

Jack can jog on.


#163

Can’t wait to see him evolve into a top player next season, he’s got it all.


#164

:campbell:


#165

Yeah was really impressed with him. I especially liked how he just brushed Matic aside, like he was nothing.

He was fearless today, so cool and composed. A MOTM performance.


#166

Sure shut me up lol. I thought he was a bang average player but looked the business today.


#167

You said he would eventually be playing in the Championship? :rofl:

Will be interesting to see his development under the new manager as it sure could go that way but I hope not, he’s got some talent to be nurtured.


#168

Amazing that it took Wenger this long to give him a chance in the middle. Wenger’s handling of the EL group stage games and the first half of the season in general was just utter shambles.


#169

Yeah, i thought he couldn’t play as midfielder, but today he did well.


#170

He played as midfielder against Ostersunds and was poor.


#171

Indeed, when was that, February? So it took only 5 months of the season for his first start in midfield to come, having played 6 group games against Köln, Red Star, and I honestly can’t remember the other team.


#172

yeah thought the ostersunds game showed why he shouldn’t play in CM, but heard he was good today (didn’t really pay too much attention)

Maybe is well-adapted to the PL.

Hope he keeps it up. No chance of him getting Wengified, but let’s see if he gets Enriquefied or Allegrified lol


#173

To be fair everyone was shit against Ostersunds


#174

This thread reminds me of when everyone thought Coquelin was the best DM in the PL. I want you all to walk and look in the mirror and state aloud ‘AMN isn’t all that good’. The first step is admitting it addicts.


#175

The situation seems a little bit like the ox situation. Us sven-like talent evaluators knew he’d be a good fit in the middle of the park, but Wenger persisted with him as a wing back.

AMN has mostly played as a wing back this year and I really liked him there but if he was given time to develop he might be really good as a CM. Dare I say that he had some Czorlaesque moves today to dribble around the likes of Herrera and Matic?

On a different note if we do end up losing Bellerin to Barca (hopefully in that Dembele swap deal :crossed_fingers:) having AMN to play there would soften the blow. Defensively he could improve but I know he’d be an instant upgrade in attack.


#176

:arteta:

ahahaha i love it. Fair play, I’d like to see AMN further develop at CM in this case.


#177

Lol that was beyond laughable but believe me I’ve read much worse on this forum.


#178

Me too, someone one time said John Stones was world class :joy::joy::joy: