Arsene Wenger backs Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles

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The 17-year-old’s mother was involved in a skirmish at the Gunners training ground, but the manager is backing the player.

The London Evening Standard have reported that Arsene Wenger is backing Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles - despite the fact that his mother was reportedly caught up in a scandal at the club’s training ground.

The report states that Jules Niles attacked two Gunners staff members after a meeting at the club’s training facility, with police being called to the scene.

Despite the controversy, Wenger has publicly backed the 17-year-old and his conduct whilst on the club’s books.

The French manager stated that he was not concerned over the matter and that Maitland-Niles had always conducted himself well.

"It is basically a private matter that I don't know really well about because I don't know what happened, but I know Ainsley very well and he has my complete support because he is a good boy and I am sure his mother wants a great future for him and to help him," said Wenger.

"There are some incidents that I don't know well and I don't know why, but the boy has a perfect behaviour inside our club. There are many times in the week with me in training.”

Maitland-Niles joined the North London club’s youth academy at the age of six and has progressed through the ranks since.

The teenager has made one Premier League appearance, against Newcastle in December and also made his debut in the Champions League against Galatasaray.

Maitland-Niles has represented England at both under-17 and 18 levels and is adjudged as one of the brightest young players in the Arsenal youth ranks currently.

The young winger has seen his path to the first-team blocked due to the quality at Wenger’s disposal, but could well feature next season.

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