One of Arsenal's promising young talents is hoping to go on the senior summer tour.
The 17-year-old right winger has recently been playing in central midfield for the under-21s, but he returned to his natural position for the 4-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers and he was obviously pleased with the shift.
“I prefer to play on the wing because it means that I can run at players more and use my pace to beat them, so I think I’m more effective out there,” Maitland-Niles said.
The teenager has played 20 times for Arsenal’s under-21s this season while he also made his debut for the first-team and has three appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side to date.
That taste of senior action is clearly something the youngster wants more of, and he is hoping to impress this summer in a bid to be involved in both the pre-season tour and when the competitive action kicks off once again.
“I’m looking to go back with the first-team in pre-season and train with them first of all,” the winger said. “Then hopefully I can impress the boss and get picked for the tour.”
From there, some fine individual showings could force Wenger’s hand, with the Frenchman not afraid to give talented youngsters a chance if they are deemed good enough.