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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praises Maitland Niles for playing the leading role against Watford after the social media explosion

Mikel Arteta praised Ainsley Maitland Niles as “another player” after Arsenal defeated Watford in a fierce battle.

Versatile Gunnersman Lent to West Brom Last season he was looking for regular football in his favorite midfield position.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles got a chance to play Watford in the Arsenal midfieldCredit: Getty

Arsenal have blocked a similar move to Everton this quarter. Frustrated their academy products As he demanded to go’Where do you want to go, where do you play‘.

However, because Thomas Partey was injured, the 24-year-old child Given his chance with a 1-0 victory And Arteta was impressed with what he saw.

The Arsenal boss said:

“It was clear that I was looking for him to stay because we decided (to keep him) and he would be useful.

“He is very talented because he is versatile enough to adapt to almost every position on the pitch.

“Today we used him to do what he had to do in the game. That was really important.”

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Maitland-Niles is desperate for a few minutes in the middle, but can be deployed as a full back on either side.

He has been a citizen of North London since the age of six, and Arteta paid homage to his willingness to learn in the face of setbacks.

The Spaniards added: “When you look at him in a training session, when you look at how he prepares, when you look at the questions he is asking, his level of attention.

“Everything you say, his reaction is immediate. He’s a really smart boy, really smart, really smart.

“I think he needs to be able to communicate with body language and determination and how much he cares. He has come a long way.”

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praises Maitland Niles for playing the leading role against Watford after the social media explosion

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