LONDON – Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has signed a long-term contract extension, the English club officially confirmed on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old Englishman, who can play as either a midfielder or a right-back, appeared in 28 games last season with Arsenal and is set to play under the new Spanish head coach Unai Emery.
“It feels fantastic knowing that I’m going to be a part of the squad, and a big part of the squad,” Maitland-Niles said, according to Arsenal’s official web site.
“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,” he added.
At just 17 years old, Maitland-Niles became Arsenal’s second-youngest member to play in the Champions League, when he took the field against Turkish club Galatasaray in December 2014.
Maitland-Niles was also a key part of England’s under-20 national soccer team, which won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in June 2017.