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‘Not ready for the PL’, ‘Woeful’ – Arsenal fans slate 20-year-old despite Ostersunds victory

The Arsenal fans were delighted with their side’s performance in the Europa League against Ostersunds last night, but they were far from impressed with the display of one individual.

There was plenty of pre-match hype surrounding Arsenal’s trip to Sweden last night for their last-32 first-leg fixture against Ostersunds. The rise of the Swedish side from the 4th tier to the Allsvenskan in the space of just seven seasons under the leadership of Graham Potter was highly publicised and romanticised throughout the British media prior to kick off, but the Arsenal players didn’t allow the pre-match narrative to distract them from the task at hand.

Arsenal took Ostersunds to the sword and dominated the match from start to finish if truth be told. Arsene Wenger’s side were unquestionably aided by the fact that their opponents have been on a significant winter break since the start of November, and the signs of rustiness and lack of match sharpness characterised Ostersunds performance.

The likes of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were allowed to roam the park and they impressed the supporters by flashing their Premier League quality throughout proceedings. However, the Arsenal fans were not impressed by everyone’s performance last night, as they took to Twitter to criticise their 20-year-old youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles after the game.

Maitland-Niles made a rare appearance in the centre of midfield, as Wenger usually deploys him in wide-positions, but the majority of supporters seem to believe he is too casual on the ball and wasteful in possession to justify a starting berth in central midfield.

Here’s what the Arsenal fans have had to say about Maitland Niles since the conclusion of their Europa League tie last night…

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