Ainsley Maitland-Niles had one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt yesterday as the Gunners ran out 2-0 winners over Man Utd.
The three points against a top four rival were absolutely crucial, the academy graduate played his part in that with an outstanding second half display after some struggles in the first 45 minutes.
The 21 year was full of praise for his teammates, but also for the fans who responded to the side’s efforts and helped create a great atmosphere inside the Emirates.
“The fans were brilliant today and we need them behind us every step of the way, just like that today,” said Maitland-Niles.
“Not just big games, even in the games where we don’t have to win but we should still win. It’s fantastic to hear the noise of the fans.”
As for the game itself, he continued, “It’s a big, big result for us, 2-0 at home. People don’t come here and expect to win easily, but we’ve got to keep our roll going and make it hard for teams to come here so that they know they’re not going to win.
“We’re all team players, you know. We die for the team and you could see it today in every tackle, every chase down and every block.
“The manager spoke to us in the week and especially after our loss in midweek. We had to put things right today.”
Ainsley Maitland-Niles v Man Utd stats
Passing – 75.9%
Ball recoveries – 3
Attacking third passes – 9/12
Interceptions – 5
Tackles – 4/6
Clearances – 1/1
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