Ainsley Maitland-Niles says that instructions from Unai Emery led to him scoring the second goal of his Arsenal career during the 3-0 win over Rennes in the Europa League last night.
The 21 year old was playing as a wing-back, and revealed that the Spaniard has told him when we play this formation to try and get in the box to get on the end of crosses.
So, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stood the ball up to the back post, Maitland-Niles was alert and ready to head home to double the Arsenal lead.
Speaking afterwards, he said, “It was a great cross from Auba and I just managed to be there at the right time to knock it in.
“The manager keeps telling me to get in the box for crosses when we play five at the back so that’s what I tried to do.
“It was a great feeling to go 2-0 up so early on in the game.”
And the Hale End graduate also had some words of praise for the home support.
“The atmosphere at home has been fantastic. We need our fans to be behind us and we’re just showing our fans that we appreciate it by going out there and getting good results.”
In the absence of the injured Hector Bellerin, we’ve been struggling to find someone to fill the gap – hopefully the last two games are evidence that Maitland-Niles can step up.