Why Ainsley Maitland-Niles may get fresh start to his Arsenal career following Charlton win: 1-minute explainer

Why Ainsley Maitland-Niles may get fresh start to his Arsenal career following Charlton win: 1-minute explainer
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The 22-year-old played the first 45 minutes in the Addicks thrashing and it was a promising performance for Ain's career at Arsenal for a certain reason.

Our academy graduate is a natural central midfielder but the managers have been forced to shift him to right-back due to lack of fit options in this position over the last few seasons.

Maitland-Niles has been struggling for consistency since those experiments started.

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Ains had been dropped out of the squad in the last 4 Premier League games before the season was put on pause; his poor attitude triggered the manager's decision.

Maitland-Niles once admitted that Arsenal would gain more benefit if he was deployed in his natural position acknowledging his weak defensive skills.

On Saturday against Charlton, Arteta slotted in the 22-year-old in his favourite position from the outset.

It's the first time that he played as a midfielder since 2018 when Arsene Wenger was still in charge.

If makes another appearance in that role, it could mean that Arteta is seeing him as a midfielder on a permanent basis.

Source: Tribuna.com