Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles has posted a picture on Instagram showing the shocking racist abuse he has been forced to deal with.
The 21-year-old has made his first-team breakthrough this season, playing 28 times in all competitions.
However, he was sent off at the weekend as the Gunners lost 3-0 to Leicester City.
Deployed at full-back, Maitland-Niles collected two yellow cards and was dismissed before Unai Emery’s men collapsed at the King Power Stadium.
His sending off was rather harsh but that has not stopped one vile troll from targeting the 21-year-old with a racist message posted on Instagram.
Underneath an old photo, a user posted a comment riddled with grammatical errors calling Maitland-Niles a “monkey”.
He has responded in the best way possible, however, writing: “When will the racism end? I wish you the best in life mate”, followed by a love heart emoji.
Racism has been a major problem in football that has never gone away, but with many Premier League stars recently choosing to boycott Twitter for a day in a bid to raise awareness of the disgusting abuse they regularly face, hopefully the game is finally starting to move away from these sorts of incidents.
And Maitland-Niles’ response here will surely make a few people think twice about the next time they plan to do something quite so abhorrent.
He is merely a young man doing what he loves for a living and he does not deserve to be the victim of such hatred.