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Ainsley Maitland-Niles the unsung hero of Arsenal’s weekend

Ainsley Maitland-Niles the unsung hero of Arsenal’s weekend

Despite the extremely positive start to the season under Unai Emery, Arsenal look like they’re falling into an all too familiar position in the league behind fellow “big” clubs, following a string of fairly average performances.

However, there is still hope for a top four finish after neighbouring Chelsea have all but capitulated under Maurizio Sarri, whose comments publicly criticising his players earlier this year have backfired fantastically leaving fourth place for the taking.

The Gunners, who were more than happy to take advantage of their chance to move up the table, defeated relegation fodder Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the weekend, with goals from Alex Iwobi and likely source Alexandre Lacazette.

We wouldn’t go as far to say it was plain sailing for the visitors, who fell behind in possession (55% – 45%), shots (15-19), shots on target (6-4), and corners (5-0) (via BBC Sport); however, like with all successful teams, Arsenal possessed the quality to find a way and brush their opponents aside when and where it mattered.

Alex Iwobi secured the Man of the Match award for his gallant efforts in front of goal, and perhaps deservedly so, but extra credit should be given Ainsley Maitland-Niles who turned out yet another impressive game for such a young player.

The England under-21 international had by far the most touches on the ball (90) and performed his role as a right-winger with such class it’s hard to ignore his ability.

His assist, for what proved to be the winning goal, was well measured, and he’s shown once again how versatile a player he is.

A true asset for the team and a definite future star.

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