Ainsley Maitland-Niles signs new Gunners deal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ first-team role under Emery confirmed after new deal and shirt number announced

One of the most pleasing things at Arsenal in recent seasons has been the emergence of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Now, the highly consistent and assured midfielder has signed a new long-term contract extension at the club.

When Arsenal confirmed the arrival of Unai Emery, chief executive Ivan Gazidis revealed the coach had presented a detailed dossier on Maitland-Niles.

"Ainsley Maitland-Niles has signed a long-term contract extension with the club", read a statement on Arsenal's official website.

The England youth global shot to prominence last season, impressing in a number of different positions across Arsenal's defence and midfield.

'I think it's brilliant to hear from him and it gives me a load of confidence.

Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles signs new deal having already impressed Unai Emery
Ainsley Maitland-Niles' first-team role under Emery confirmed after new deal and shirt number announced

'It means a lot with the new head coach coming in and Arsenal tying me down. He said that he wants all of his players to work hard and I'm no stranger to doing that.

The promising 20-year-old is a product of the club's academy and enjoyed a breakthrough season at during the last campaign - making a total of 28 first-team appearances.

Although the length of the contract extension has not yet been revealed, Arsenal had confirmed the England youth global had been assigned a new shirt number, changing from the number 30 shirt to number 15.

'I think [the high-pressing game] suits me a lot, too.

Maitland-Niles played in a number of different positions for Arsenal last season, putting in stints at full-back, wing-back and in his more natural midfield role.

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