Ainsley Maitland-Niles says it was a great experience to play in Friday night’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool, but expressed his frustration at Arsenal not winning the game having got themselves in front.
The Gunners just about survived the first half, going in 1-0 down, and even though we conceded again early in the second, a three goal blitz in under five minutes put us in front, before Firmino’s equaliser ensured the game finished in a draw.
The 20 year old, played at left back because of his pace according to Arsene Wenger, did well in what’s still an unfamiliar position, and while he was delighted to get the nod, it was obvious he found the overall performance below par.
“We should have won the game because we were ahead,” he said. “There was no reason for us to drop points so I’m disappointed with the performance really.
“It was a great experience being out there and I think we showed real character to come back in the game.”
As for his own performance, he acknowledged that there are still things he needs to work on.
“I think I did alright,” he continued. “There’s a few things to work on but I’m getting there slowly.
“I guess it’s just how to deal with those powerful, attacking players that love to score goals and run past you.
“It’s a learning curve to play against them and use their weaknesses against them.”
For more on last night, read today’s Arseblog: 5 minutes of fun can’t mask the frustration