Maitland-Niles reveals best moment of his career so far and position on pitch he wants to play in future
- The versatile ace is delighted to have scored his first goal vs Liverpool, which is the best for him at Arsenal so far.
- The 21-year-old insists he is far from reaching a peak of his powers and works hard to become a better player.
- Ains sees himself playing as a winger in a few years.
The England international was given a starting berth vs Liverpool in the last game of 2018. Despite a disastrous outcome for the Gunners, Maitland-Niles was involved in the first goal of the clash, tapping in a cross from Iwobi.
"Scoring my first professional goal against Liverpool," He said when asked about the best moment of his career in the interview to Sky Sports. "It was soured very soon after, though. I was heartbroken after the game to be honest. I'd never been involved in a 5-1 defeat before at first-team level. It was bad on all levels for me."
Hats off to Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Wide midfield on Saturday, wingback in the first half today & full back in the second. Has silently battled his way back from a broken leg, never complains when utilised out of position & consistently performs. Great maturity for his age.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) January 1, 2019
"I don't feel like I'm there," He added assessing himself. "I'm still young and I have a lot of learning to do. Even if I was playing week in, week out I wouldn't say I was there because the learning stage I am at now, I still have so much more to give to the game. Once I get there where I can't give any more, then I'd say I'm there."
The 21-year-old is known for his versatility. A natural midfielder he's often been used a full back (wing back).
"I'd like to be a winger," Ains revealed. "I feel comfortable there and I've been playing there this season. I like to think of myself as a winger at 25 years old, starting every week for Arsenal, scoring and assisting goals."
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