Maitland-Niles Handed New Shirt Number After Signing Long-Term Contract

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Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Releasing a statement on their official club website, the Gunners revealed that Maitland-Niles had been handed a contract extension following a successful breakout season in the 2017/18 campaign, whereby the academy graduate made a total of 28 senior appearances under Arsene Wenger.

A Premier League bow four days later followed, before he spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Championship side Ipswich.

Maitland-Niles, who joined the club at the age of nine, has also earned a new squad number at Arsenal, the No.15.

The England youth worldwide shot to prominence last season, impressing in a number of different positions across Arsenal's defence and midfield.

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Chief executive Ivan Gazidis revealed that the Spaniard had presented a detailed dossier mapping Maitland-Niles' development when he was interviewing for the role.

Maitland-Niles will wear the No. 15 shirt next season having previously donned the No. 30 last campaign.

Part of the England Under 20s team to win the World Cup in South Korea last summer, signing a new deal at Arsenal is the culmination of a big year for Maitland-Niles, who was delighted to hear that his new manager already knew plenty about his abilities.

'It means a lot with the new head coach coming in and Arsenal tying me down.

"We had a little meeting". It will be second nature to me'. "I've got a lot of pace to give to the team, pressing up high and winning the ball back as soon as possible is a major factor in football".

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