Maitland-Niles speaks on his Arsenal hero and his favourite goal
- Ains says Thierry Henry was his favourite Gunner.
- He admires Frenchman's solo goal vs Liverpool in the legendary Invincibles season (Henry completed a hat-trick in a 4-2 win at Highbury).
- The 21-year-old ace believes his own versatility is a blessing and a curse at the same time.
On his favourite Arsenal player
"My generation was Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp. Henry was my favourite player. Growing up as a kid he was the perfect player. He scored goals, he ran back to help the team out, made assists and was just physically amazing.
On his favourite goal scored by the legend
"In the unbeaten season, the solo goal against Liverpool. Perfect. What more can you ask for? I met him twice.
"I tried not to [turn to jelly] but maybe he would've said I turned to jelly, I'm not sure. Seeing an idol like that in the flesh you just look at him, take in all that he's achieved and you just want to replicate it."
On his versatility
"It's a gift and a curse. It's a gift because if someone's injured you can easily fill in, and you are the first one to be called. The other side of it is you never really find your rightful position. You are always moving about, and you don't know how to stick to one position. You do different things when you get moved around."
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