Arsenal fans on Twitter have been raving about the excellent performance of wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles against Rennes on Thursday evening.
Following his wonderful Manchester United showing, the 21-year-old started at right wing-back for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium, within a 3-4-1-2 formation.
He was instrumental in a 3-0 victory that saw Unai Emery’s men overturn a 3-1 deficit to progress to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League, capping off his first goal in European football with impressive statistics like 79 per cent pass completion and five completed tackles.
And Gooners were absolutely lapping up the homegrown player’s showing on social media with one proclaiming that he’s getting “better game by game” having found a settled position for now, despite becoming something of a utility man in his short career so far.
Meanwhile, other supporters congratulated the starlet by calling him his affectionate nickname of “Birdman,” praised up Maitland-Niles’ all-around performance on the special night and advocated for the England youth international winning the Man of the Match award in a game of many eye-catching individual Arsenal displays.
Check out our list of the best reactive Tweets from Gunners fans to one of their own’s big contribution below…
AMN get better game by game and will become a regular first team we for years to come
— Masked Gunner (@onemaskedgunner) March 15, 2019
Well done Bird Man, you fully deserved the goal last night. You’ve been incredible for us and I’m looking forward to seeing you grow from this #OneOfOurOwn
— ⚽️ TT ⚽️ (@gooner_toni) March 15, 2019
Played so well today. Well done Ainsley!
— Unais Gunmen (@gudebning) March 15, 2019
Superb ALL ROUND performance by @Ains_7 . Hopefully you get to play in the position you love. ?
— Odogwu (@MovingKorrect) March 15, 2019
My man of the match, solid performance . ?
— Nick (@Nick54892802) March 15, 2019
— Samira Harek (@samira_harek) March 15, 2019
So proud of him. What a performance from the lad ????
— The Unsullied (@dumb_sage) March 15, 2019
So incredibly happy for you! All the hard work is for moments like tonight many more goals to come! ???
— Doreen (@Doreen40662852) March 15, 2019