Following his agreement to sign a new deal at Arsenal this summer, one of the club’s promising stars in the first team squad has opened up about a meeting which was recently held with new manager Unai Emery.
The Gunners boss has kicked off his summer business with a few shrewd deals and one of them included a new contract for young defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old, who has been pocketing £30,000-a-week wages prior to his new deal, has been rewarded with more years at the club after breaking into the starting eleven last season.
And after signing his new contract, Maitland-Niles has revealed that a meeting was held with Emery where the new boss informed the team about what will be required of them in the upcoming season.
“You don’t really hear a lot of young players being shouted out by their managers, especially a new manager who hasn’t really seen them play too much,” Maitland-Niles told Arsenal Player.
“I think it’s brilliant to hear from him and it gives me a load of confidence.
“It feels fantastic knowing that I’m going to be a part of the squad, and a big part of the squad. It means a lot with the new head coach coming in and Arsenal tying me down [with a new contract]. I’m very pleased.
“We had a little meeting. He said that he wants all of his players to work hard and I’m no stranger to doing that. It will be second nature to me.
“I think [the high-pressing game] suits me a lot, too. 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.”