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Speaking on Arsenal’s Twitch Channel (13/10/21 1:10PM), Ainsley Maitland-Niles has shared what he would be doing if he wasn’t a footballer, claiming that he’d still want to be involved in sport.

It’s one of the most cliché questions a footballer could be asked in an interview ‘if you weren’t a football player, what would your job be?’ The answers range from working in a supermarket to being a professional cricketer, but Maitland-Niles says he’d like to think he’s still be involved in sport.

The 24-year-old clearly wants to have a long-term future in football and he’s even done his coaching badges already, despite being so young.

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What’s been said?

Maitland-Niles was asked what his job would be if he wasn’t a footballer, to which he replied:

“I’d be doing something in sport, definitely. I have a few of my coaching badges already, I don’t know if I will end up going into coaching, but it’s food for thought and it’s there if I need to. But something in sport maybe, being around players and helping them mentally prepare for their next steps.”

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The next Arteta?

Of course, it’s incredibly early to be making any predictions about Maitland-Niles career after football, but the fact he’s already done his coaching badges bodes well for his future.

The 24-year-old seems to be a real student of the game and if he continues to learn more about that side of football, he could be a great coach one day.

Arsenal have a former player in charge right now with Mikel Arteta, but it seems as though we could be seeing Maitland-Niles in the dugout at the Emirates one day.

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