Arsenal wonderkid Maitland-Niles: What Arsene Wenger told me do when I came on

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Arsenal youngster was given the huge task of marking Wesley Sneijder.

Arsenal teenager Ainsley Maitland-Niles has revealed how Arsene Wenger tasked him with marking Wesley Sneijder.

When the Dutchman was lighting up the World Cup in June 2010, Maitland-Niles was only 12-years-old.

Yet incredibly the winger who turned 17 in August, admits he was not daunted once he came on to face the Galatasaray midfielder when he came on at half-time in Arsenal's 4-1 win.

He told Arsenal.com: "He just said to mark Wesley Sneijder really tight, so I had to try and get close to him.

"I was really, really nervous but I don’t think it went through my mind once when I was on the pitch."

While Sneijder went onto score, Maitland-Niles can be positive that the goal came direct from a free-kick and he was not responsible for letting him go.

  Passing AccuracyTouchesWon TackleInterceptionsShots BlockedClearancesMins Played
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 93% 37 2 1 1 1 45

Maitland-Niles is more of an attacking player but performed well in the role he was handed, highly efficient in his passing. 

He is likely to have impressed manager Arsene Wenger, and will hope this is not the only first team chance he gets this 2014/15 season.

Asked what he would do with his shirt after the game, he had already made up his mind: "I think I’ll frame it and give it to my mum."

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