“Looked like a veteran!” – Arsenal fans delighted with Maitland-Niles’ performance against Southampton

“Looked like a veteran!” – Arsenal fans delighted with Maitland-Niles’ performance against Southampton

Arsenal played a slightly strange side against Southampton on Saturday with two players usually more comfortable out wide playing in centre-midfield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was one midfielder but did have experience of the role from his days as a youngster at the Saints, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles was more of a newcomer to the position, and is usually seen on the right flank.

The 19-year-old however caught supporters by surprise with a terrific showing from the new position, comfortably operating as Arsenal’s defensive midfielder in a brilliant 5-0 win.

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Two goals from Danny Welbeck and a hat-trick from Theo Walcott secured the victory on an excellent evening for Arsene Wenger’s side and Maitland-Niles’s performance will not be forgotten quickly with the youngster perhaps finding a new home in the Arsenal side.

Gunners fans were delighted with how the teenage talent performed and took to social media to praise Maitland-Niles, comparing him to some of the great defensive midfielders in recent history.