Arsenal's Maitland-Niles: We Die For The Team, It Was Evident (Football.London)
Arsenal’s Maitland-Niles: We Die For The Team, It Was Evident (Football.London)

Arsenal versatile player, Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his return to the team on Sunday and played his part in an important 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Concise News reports that the 21-year-old started at right wing back and delivered an energetic performance, contributing at both ends of the field.

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Arsenal media spoke to Maitland-Niles after the final whistle – and he says:

“It’s a fantastic result from the boys and I think everyone dug in as much as they could and we pulled through with a 2-0 win.

“The manager (Unai Emery) spoke to us in the week and especially after our loss in midweek. We had to put things right today.

“It was great from Laca (Alexandre Lacazette) to win the penalty and to dish it off to Auba (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) to give him his confidence back is really, really good because it shows he’s a team player. For Auba to finish it and win the game for us by taking the penalty is fantastic and he showed great courage.”

On Lacazette handing Aubameyang the penalty, the atmosphere and the importance of winning in the context of finishing in the top four, he explains, “We’re all team players, you know. We die for the team and you could see it today in every tackle, every chase down and every block. It was fantastic to see.

The fans were brilliant today and we need them behind us every step of the way, just like that today. Not just big games, even in the games where we don’t have to win but we should still win. It’s fantastic to hear the noise of the fans.

It’s a big, big result for us, 2-0 at home. People don’t come here and expect to win easily, but we’ve got to keep our roll going and make it hard for teams to come here so that they know they’re not going to win.”