Ainsley Maitland-Niles signs long-term Arsenal contract extension

Ainsley Maitland-Niles could feature on Thursday night
Image: Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been at Arsenal since he was nine

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

The 20-year-old made 28 appearances for the Gunners this season. The Premier League side also confirmed he will wear the number 15 shirt in the coming campaign.

Maitland-Niles played in a number of different positions for Arsenal last season, putting in stints at full-back, wing-back and in his more natural midfield role.

He joined the club's academy at age nine, and has gone on to make 38 appearances for the first team to date.

Maitland-Niles also has a strong record for England's age-group sides. He has captained the under-20s and was part of the squad that won the Under-20 World Cup last summer.

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He has since progressed to the Under-21 squad, making four appearances for Aidy Boothroyd's side.

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