Maitland-Niles: I always expect Auba to score

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles says he took advantage of Newcastle fatigue as he brilliantly teed up the deadly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal’s winning goal at St James’ Park.

On 58 minutes, the 21-year-old, a midfielder by trade but playing at right-back in Hector Bellerin’s absence, showed great awareness to steal a loose pass in his own half before bursting down the right flank. With space in front of him, he carried the ball 50 yards and then carefully weighted a cross for Aubamayang to pounce.

The Gabon international took one touch to control before deftly flicking over keeper Martin Dubravka, the only goal in the 1-0 win. The fleeting moment of quality was enough to separate the two sides in a scrappy encounter.

“It’s a hard match against Newcastle, especially away,” Maitland-Niles told Arsenal.com.

“They’re a team that can mix it up – they can play nice football and play long balls. It’s just a fight until the last whistle.”

Reflecting on his part in the goal, he went on: “On a big pitch like this, you can get tired, and I guess that’s what happened with their defence. It was a big opportunity for me to give it t him, I executed it well and his finish won us the game.

“I expect him to score. Him, Lacazette, Nico Pepe, Mkhitaryan – we’ve got good players that can score. We’re never in doubt when people are through on goal.”

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AL-Bang
AL-Bang

Nico Pepe sounds like a character from Narcos

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Is he as ruthless as I can imagine ?

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

wea

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

ll do

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Ok.
Hands up.
Who said we should’ve sold Auba at the end of last season?
*Reluctantly and embarrassingly raises hand*
Mea culpa.

North London is Redder
North London is Redder

That would have been the worst decision the club could have made. Laca even before him. He is the goal scorer that we rely on game after game.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

I think he’s got such good know-how that he’ll remain a prolific goalscorer even after his pace wanes.

He also seems like such a natural athlete, he’ll probably remain pretty rapid well into his 30s. I’m glad we’re in the process of tying him down to a new contract, even if he’s already 30. I think Lacazette in comparison might struggle a little more when he enters his early 30s – shorter, stockier players tend to lose their athleticism earlier.

sami
sami

As long as he can do a backflip i think we will know hes alright lol

Lack of Perspective
Lack of Perspective

Front flip

Goonereality
Goonereality

Both Auba and Lacazette are in contract extension talks with Arsenal (neither have actually signed extensions so far as was indicated in earlier press reports). Auba has two years left on his current contract, and Lacazette has three years. The club policy now is that players who do not sign extensions will be sold – no more running down contracts like RVP, Sanchez or Ramsey. Let’s hope that they both sign.

Ross
Ross

How long before AMN is no longer referred to as a midfielder? I mean, he spent most of his youth playing right wing, made about 3 senior appearances in midfield and then played at full back.

When I watch him I don’t see many qualities of a central midfielder, he is careless in possession, positionally suspect and rarely shows any vision. He’s quick, can dribble a bit, a fairly good crosser and makes a good recovery tackle. I think full back is his best position, but he will probably only ever be good enough for second choice. He is only 21 so still has time to develop further. If he can improve defensively then who knows maybe he can succeed hector. Suspect this won’t be a popular opinion but can’t see him making it in the premier league as a central midfielder, whether at arsenal or elsewhere.

North London is Redder
North London is Redder

Agreed. He’s a good right back now.

Ourchildrensworld

He’s got good feet, he’s agile, has a good engine and strong passing ability.

Like a lot of young players he struggles with lapses in concentration, and so consistency.

Playing at RB has helped him improve defensively and exposed him to more 1 on 1 duels. The whole stick-em-on-the-wing Wenger trick.

I think he’ll make a very good midfielder – he could definitely do a job in that double pivot, although I doubt he’ll ever lose his multi positional ability.

Look forward to seeing him in an Arsenal shirt for the next decade.

Number one penny
Number one penny

Think it’s too early to judge. I’d like to see him grab the opportunity as willock is attempting to with enthusiasm if offered.

Daniel
Daniel

By that logic. we should refer to Xhaka as central defender, since he played there a few times last season and doesn’t have required qualities to be a central midfielder. 🙂

Ross
Ross

Except AMN has barely played in midfield….but I would agree with you on Xhaka not having the qualities needed

Daniel
Daniel

🙂 thanks.
And you’re right he barely played in midfield, but in those few games when he did, he did impress (southampton 5-0 win, and especially against man utd at the end of AW’s last season)

Cultured Determination
Cultured Determination

did he include micky in the last sentence? really?

Wolugosi
Wolugosi

Don’t explain, don’t complain.
Just do your ting.
3 points, 1 clean sheet.
Our Ars* is back 🙌

Santori
Santori

Good performance by AMN in his NATURAL position.

Its his to work on and he has good power and pace,a calm disposition and real threat going forward.

What I like about him (which amongst other things stands him night and day to the now departed Jenkinson) is he looks up before whipping in a cross.

Like the way he followed their winger to the byline and nicked the ball off of him calmly.

More to come I feel.

Clarence Marshall
Clarence Marshall

Lets go gunners 🔴⚪🔥🔥🔥