Freddie Ljungberg has paid tribute to Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles for his performance in Monday night's 3-1 win away to West Ham United.
The 22-year-old started last night's victory in East London after Hector Bellerin suffered a knock in the warm-up.
In doing so, it was Maitland-Niles's first Premier League appearance since September after falling out of favour under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who was sacked a couple of weeks ago.
He said: "We took him off and had a straight swap on that with Ainsley, and Ainsley had been out in the cold for a little bit and comes on and does really well, so I'm really proud of him and happy for him."
It was a mixed return to the first XI for Maitland-Niles, but rust was always a possibility after being denied Premier League football for so long.
He is by no means a bad player, but Arsenal and Ljungberg definitely need Bellerin's knock to be as short term as possible.
The North Londoners have a lot of games over the coming weeks and rotation will be key.
Ljungberg has other right-back options, namely Calum Chambers, but Bellerin is undeniably the best man for the job and the sooner he's back, the better.
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