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Ainsley Maitland-Niles signs long-term Arsenal contract extension

13 June 2018

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was one of the first names on the lips of new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery - and now the Gunners midfielder is likely to be working under the Spaniard for some time after signing a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Maitland-Niles will now continue his development under new manager Unai Emery, who replaced Wenger following the Frenchman's resignation.

Maitland-Niles, who joined the club at the age of nine, has also earned a new squad number at Arsenal, the No.15.

This prompted the Hale End youngster to also reveal his delight in hearing he will be part of the new manager's plans for next season.

Arsenal closed their statement writing: "Congratulations on your new contract Ainsley".

'It feels fantastic knowing that I'm going to be a part of the squad, and a big part of the squad.

'We had a little meeting. It will be second nature to me'.

The 20-year-old made 28 appearances for the Gunners this season.

Although the length of the contract extension has not yet been revealed, Arsenal had confirmed the England youth worldwide had been assigned a new shirt number, changing from the number 30 shirt to number 15. "I've got a lot of pace to give to the team, pressing up high and winning the ball back as soon as possible is a major factor in football".

Maitland-Niles played in a number of different positions for Arsenal last season, putting in stints at full-back, wing-back and in his more natural midfield role.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles signs long-term Arsenal contract extension