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Arsenal boss reveals Ainsley Maitland-Niles plans

Mikel Arteta has hinted that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will move into midfield following Arsenal’s January business, per Football.London.

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Maitland-Niles has played primarily as a right-back this season, making 14 appearances in the position, but the Gunners recruited a new full-back in the transfer window.

Cedric Soares arrived on loan from Southampton, while the Gunners also signed Pablo Mari on loan from Flamengo.

And Arteta has hinted that Maitland-Niles’ versatility will mean that he will continue to play regularly for the club despite the Saints full-back moving to north London.

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He said in his press conference prior to the Gunners’ clash with Burnley on Sunday: “He can play in various positions and do really well at full-back as well.

“He’s a very useful player with great speed, technically gifted, a good passer of the ball and he can play as an attacking midfielder because he’s a threat every time with his runs.

“And he can play a holding midfielder because he’s played a lot there in his career.

“It’s good to have players that can play in various positions.”

Swiss army knife

Maitland-Niles’ versatility is such a boon for manager Arteta.

He has played five times as a right midfielder this term and, per Transfermarkt, he has been deployed as a right-back, a central midfielder, a defensive midfielder, a left winger, a left-back and even as a centre-back during his career.

His chameleonic ability to fill multiple positions means that the Gunners are unlikely to face problems when it comes to strengthening.

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Bringing in Cedric means that they have a specialist right-back and Maitland-Niles can simply move somewhere else on the pitch.

That is a boost for the former Manchester City coach.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are set to search for a signing in one position in the summer!

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