70. Ainsley Maitland-Niles



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


11 thoughts on “70. 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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    barbes babs dawodu said:
    December 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I see another promising Arsenal player on the rise. keep up the good work and work harder to break through.

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