62. Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Fleet-footed winger Ainsley enjoyed a superb final season as a schoolboy as he earned a scholarship deal at Arsenal, established himself as a regular for the U18s and earned a surprise call-up for the latter stages of the NextGen Series in Lake Como.

Having impressed for the U18s in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea, Ainsley was given his first league outing away to West Bromwich Albion, against whom he scored in a 6-2 defeat, before proceeding to start seven consecutive league games for the U18s between February and March, which yielded another goal against Middlesbrough.

That impressive sequence of form saw him called up to the NextGen Series squad for the Quarter-Final with CSKA Moscow at Emirates Stadium, and, although he didn’t feature on that occasion, the youngster was involved in the Semi-Final against Chelsea and the 3rd place play-off against Sporting Lisbon, prompting suggestions that, as well as playing for the U18s, he could also feature for the older age groups during his first season as a scholar.

9 thoughts on “62. Ainsley Maitland-Niles

    Filip said:
    December 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve heard that Maitland-Niles is very promising and highly rated among the academy coaches. Could you tell me more about him as a player?

    Oh, and btw, his name is f***ing awesome!

      Julie Niles said:
      January 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

      I Know i LOVE that name to I named him ;))

        Rich said:
        May 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

        Very funny and, yeah, cool name (does it beat Sanchez Watt though?)

        Brilliant season he’s had. Glad there’s little hype about him yet, but if he keeps progressing as he is there soon will be.

        Think he probably had best year of any youth players in 13-14, including another I’ve big hopes for, Chuba Akpom. Roll on 14-15!

        Well done to his ma, if I understood correctly!

    Gooner said:
    April 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Jeorge are there any other players to look out for in the under 16′s apart from Zelalem who has played u21′s & Maitland-Niles who played nextgen??

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    Maxine Pluck said:
    August 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    That’s what i’m talking about Ains! Soo Proud of you :) keep doing your thing xx

    Maxine Pluck said:
    August 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    BALLER ;)

    emerson said:
    August 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Keep it up ains hope to have a match against u soon Watford fc vs Arsenal friendly hopefully soon good luck hope you make it friends since high school nuff love bro

      Meaty pabs said:
      August 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      U dont play for Watford I just checked there website

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