Mikel Arteta hails Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ improved attitude ahead of Arsenal vs Brighton

first_imgMikel Arteta hails Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ improved attitude ahead of Arsenal vs Brighton Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jun 2020 10:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link370Shares Maitland-Niles was cast out of the team earlier this year (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on the changed attitude of Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles ahead of his side’s trip to Brighton on Saturday.The right-back lost his place in the team in late January and the Spanish boss later challenged him to ‘work hard’ and ‘fight for his place’.Maitland-Niles’ cameo off the bench in the 3-0 loss to Manchester City on Wednesday night was his first appearance in the Premier League since January 18.And when asked in his press conference before the Brighton game if the 22-year-old’s attitude has now improved, Arteta said: ‘Much better, we discussed that during the lockdown and he’s changed a lot of things, a lot of positive things.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s a really honest kid as well, we know him from the academy and the way he has developed here.‘He has all the attributes and qualities to become a really important player, it’s up to him.’ Advertisement Comment Arteta has given Maitland-Niles a second chance (Picture: Getty Images)Maitland-Niles falling out of favour with Arteta prompted rumours of the defender’s exit from the club, but with the sheer amount of games Arsenal have to play in the next month, he may find his way back into the team.The Gunners are on the brink of another defensive crisis after losing Pablo Mari to injury and David Luiz to suspension against City.Left-back Kieran Tierney was forced to fill in at centre-back and academy product Zech Medley could be called up to the first team for the Brighton clash.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMidfielder Mesut Ozil was dropped from the 20-man squad to face Pep Guardiola’s side, with Arteta citing the decision as ‘tactical’.The German’s contract at the club is due to expire next summer and the club reportedly want to offload him in the next transfer window.MORE: Mikel Arteta set to include Zech Medley in Arsenal squad for Brighton clashMORE: Arsenal complete £14m deal to sign Pablo Mari permanentlyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img