70. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (On loan at Ipswich Town, until May 2016)


Fleet-footed winger Ainsley built on his superb final season as a schoolboy to establish himself as a regular for the U21s during an eventful 2013/14 campaign.

The youngster, who possesses excellent technique and crossing ability, started the season in the U18s, but his impressive performances at that level soon saw him propelled into the second-string set-up.

He made 14 appearances in total for Steve Gatting’s side, finding the net away to Everton and Newcastle United. He was also one of Arsenal’s key performers in their run to the Semi-Finals of the FA Youth Cup, scoring in the first three matches of the competition.

Having already featured in the NextGen Series as a schoolboy, Ainsley, who has been capped by England at U17 level, went on to feature in the UEFA Youth League last season, starting every single game that Arsenal played in the competition.

This season he is likely to be a mainstay for the U21s and will be hopeful of training with the first-team on more occasions, having done so for the first time towards the end of the last campaign. Despite nominally being a winger, Ainsley is also capable of operating as a central-midfielder when required.

Name Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Nationality English (U17)

Born 29.8.97

U21 apps 14 (2 goals)

U19 apps 10

U18 apps 28 (7 goals)

Signed scholarship Summer 2013


  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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