Ainsley Maitland-Niles turns 21 today and whilst he’s currently out injured, the Gunners are desperate for him to make a return to the first-team. The versatile young star has been deployed all over the pitch and it looks like Unai Emery is keen on utilising his talents.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 29 August 2018
When he returns to first-team action he’ll no doubt be a key player in Emery’s plans. His ability to play anywhere across the midfield and at full-back will be so useful and the fans already love their young midfielder. The academy graduate, who earns £30,000-a-week according to the Daily Mail, is already a fan favourite and if he can start adding some more goals to his game over the course of this season then he’ll be everything the fans want.
Maitland-Niles was unfortunate enough to come off injured just 35 minutes into their opener against Manchester City. The fans got to see Stephan Lichtsteiner make his debut in the youngster’s place but they’d rather have waited for the ex-Juventus player to make his debut under different circumstance. Instead, it looks like they’ll be without Maitland-Niles for a number of weeks and the Gunners will be counting down the days until he’s back.
You can read the fans’ messages for Maitland-Niles here:
Happy birthday future captain pic.twitter.com/4KbVSvidhM
— Lord Guendouzi (@LordGuendouzi) 29 August 2018
Happy birthday Ainsley! Wish you a speedy recovery as well.
— Quícksílver (@DashOfBellerin) August 29, 2018
Speedy return, tough start under Unai but you can still seize the moment
— Masked Gunner (@onemaskedgunner) 29 August 2018
Happy birthday @Ains_7 . Hope you recover fast from injury. Can't wait to see you in action again
— Bino K Biji (@Binokbiji) August 29, 2018
— – (@MrThierryHenry) 29 August 2018
Our best young talent from academy
— Լյով Սեվիջ-Հանց (@lyov01mkh) August 29, 2018
— Fikri (@fkr554) 29 August 2018
The fans will be desperate to have Maitland-Niles back in action and dominating the midfield at The Emirates.