Gunners make double announcement as Ainsley Maitland-Niles pens new deal

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GETTYAinsley Maitland Niles had an impressive season for Arsenal

Arsenal have confirmed that 20-year-old midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has signed a contract extension with the North London club, as well as inheriting the number 15 shirt that was vacated by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last season.

"Ainsley Maitland-Niles has signed a long-term contract extension with the club".

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
GETTYAinsley Maitland Niles was given his debut by Arsene Wenger

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis hinted as much after Emery was announced as Arsene Wenger's replacement on May 23, when highlighting how the former Paris Saint-Germain boss had impressed in his interview with his detailed knowledge of players like Maitland-Niles.

Part of the England Under 20s team to win the World Cup in South Korea last summer, signing a new deal at Arsenal is the culmination of a big year for Maitland-Niles, who was delighted to hear that his new manager already knew plenty about his abilities.

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This prompted the Hale End youngster to also reveal his delight in hearing he will be part of the new manager's plans for next season.

"We had a little meeting". [Emery] said that he wants all of his players to work hard and I'm no stranger to doing that.

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"I think [the high-pressing game] suits me a lot, too".

Maitland-Niles has played left-back, left midfield and central midfield since making the breakthrough into the first team, and his future at the Emirates Stadium has now been secured.

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Maitland-Niles played in a number of different positions for Arsenal last season, putting in stints at full-back, wing-back and in his more natural midfield role.

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