first_imgAinsley Maitland-Niles says he is not trained as a defender (AMA/Getty Images)Ainsley Maitland-Niles has told Unai Emery that he is being played out of position for Arsenal.The 22-year-old has deputised at right-back this season as Hector Bellerin is still recovering from knee surgery after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in January.Maitland-Niles has already provided two assists from the right flank this term but he has been widely criticised by fans for his defending.‘I’m not a defender so I do get a lot of stick about my defending being poor, but it’s something I’m learning and have been learning for a couple of years now,’ Maitland-Niles told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s not going to come overnight. If I was a defender as a kid, and my defending was poor, I would understand where the criticism is coming from, but I’m trying my best for the team and for the manager. Comment Maitland-Niles has been criticised by Arsenal fans this season (AFP/Getty Images)‘It’s not where I would choose to put myself in the team, as I’m an attacking player by trade. That’s all I can try to bring to the team.‘I’m still learning the defensive side, so when players are running at me, and they’re throwing skills at me, I’m still learning how to deal with that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd Maitland-Niles is hopeful that Emery will give him a chance to impress further up the pitch.‘I’m a midfielder by trade, either central or on the wing,’ he said.‘It’s always nice to have one main position where you play, and everyone else gets to play in their main position, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time before I can do that too.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Sep 2019 11:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Ainsley Maitland-Niles tells Unai Emery he wants a more attacking role at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img

Ainsley Maitland-Niles tells Unai Emery he wants a more attacking role at Arsenal

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