Some Arsenal fans did not hesitate in taking to social media to bash one of the full-backs who played on Sunday as the Gunners suffered another defeat at home.
Arsenal lost a league game at the Emirates stadium for the first time recently as Brighton produced a solid show to win 2-1 in north London.
Not in the starting eleven after that game was Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was back in the team on Monday due to the absence of Hector Bellerin.
The former academy youngster was in action from the start again on Sunday as Arsenal took on Manchester City at the Emirates stadium.
Even though Maitland-Niles was certainly not the only man at fault as the Gunners were torn apart in the first half by the away side, his display seemed to anger a number of supporters.
Here were some reactions to the Englishman’s show at right-back as Arsenal conceded twice so early in the game…
For Maitland-Niles, his lack of effort is the true problem (not just the lack of quality). Drop him to the reserves or sell him.
— Mr. McPepenay (@peridotvirgie7) December 16, 2019
Maitland-Niles needs to work out what he is. He’s a horrendous full-back I can tell you that for free. He needs to stamp some authority on his preferred central midfield position or find a new club. Pathetic from him today.
— TikiTakaConnor (@TikiTakaConnor) December 15, 2019
Maitland-Niles is horrible as a fullback and he’ll say he’s not a natural RB but last time he played central he got a 4.6 rating in a game we won.
— jorge (@Blackl3gion) December 15, 2019
Maitland-Niles claims he's an attacking player but never makes attacking runs to aid his winger. He doesn't make good use of the ball too.
I don't understand the guy
— Jekyll (@iamkoolkola) December 15, 2019
Maitland-Niles will continue to play like he doesn't care until a real manager comes in and ships him off then he will start working hard. Something he could be doing now. Shame
— Chidiebere Ezeani (@chidizeani) December 15, 2019
Maitland-Niles probably wished he was not picked for this game, given how he was just strolling on the pitch and never marked De Bruyne playing on the left wing for city, who he was primarily supposed to be keeping an eye on.#ARSMCI
— Akeem Oyalowo (@keemside) December 15, 2019