Arsenal are reportedly negotiating a contract extension with Ainsley Maitland-Niles who is set to be rewarded for steady progress he displayed over the past couple of months with the first team, ESPN has learned.
The 20-year-old made his senior debut with the Gunners in December 2014 but it was not until this season that he managed to seal a regular starting berth in the first team.
Maitland-Niles was handed his first Premier League start for Arsenal against West Ham in December 2017 and he went on to make five starts ever since, adding four substitute appearances in England’s top flight this term.
He excelled in an unfamiliar left-back role for the club during the congested festive period and was particularly impressive against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, where he was a worthy replacement for first choices Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac.
England international Maitland-Niles has been with Arsenal since he was 9 years old and the club is preparing an improved contract offer as an extension to his current deal which is running until the end of 2019.
Arsene Wenger spoke highly of his versatile talent on a number of occasions and suggested that, despite his accomplished performances at left-back the youngster, Maitland-Niles could be slotted in midfield where his long-term future at Arsenal appears to be standing.