Ainsley Maitland-Niles


Hale End product Ainsley made tremendous strides last season as he made an unexpectedly early foray into first-team football.

After starting the season in fine form for the U21s, the youngsters was ushered into the senior set-up and proceeded to make his debut in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, whilst also training with the first-team on many occasions.

It was at U21 level, though, where he really thrived, with the youngster relishing a switch to central-midfield having previously been mainly deployed as a winger.

Ainsley was one of the most consistent performers for Arsenal at youth level and he scored a spectacular strike for the second-string against Stoke City, whilst also featuring prominently in the UEFA Youth League.

The England U18 international has long been highly regarded at Arsenal having featured in the NextGen Series when he was still a schoolboy.

This season Ainsley, who is fast, skilful and direct, will be on loan with Ipswich Town in the Championship as he looks to develop further.

Name Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Nationality English (U18, U17)

Born 29.8.97

First-team apps 3

U21 apps 34 (4 goals)

U19 apps 16

U18 apps 33 (7 goals)

Signed scholarship Summer 2013

Signed professional October 2014


  1. 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!

      1. 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!

  2. 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??

  3. 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

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