Wenger - Ainsley’s performance was ‘remarkable’

The praise for Ainsley Maitland-Niles was widespread on Wednesday night as he delivered another confident performance in our 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

The England Under-21 international may have been out of position at left wing-back, but he won plenty of admirers for the way dominated his flank.

Arsene Wenger is a big believer in Maitland-Niles and was delighted with his display, but sounded a note of caution.

“He had a big performance today,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “What he has to learn is to keep that focus, urgency and concentration for 95 minutes because on the second goal he was a bit caught. Overall, though, I thought he was remarkable.

“I felt we had a very good performance [as a team]. I knew that the last 20 minutes could be difficult because we played three games in six days. The schedule was not to our advantage and also, once again, we were a bit unlucky with the decisions.

“We are a fantastic football team. I think we have seen fantastic football but there are some deeper problems and some on our side that we have to correct. At the moment, the club is really hurt hard and for me, it’s difficult to take.”

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