Ainsley Maitland-Niles tells Unai Emery he wants a more attacking role at Arsenal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles says he is not trained as a defender (AMA/Getty Images)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has told Unai Emery that he is being played out of position for Arsenal.

The 22-year-old has deputised at right-back this season as Hector Bellerin is still recovering from knee surgery after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in January.

Maitland-Niles has already provided two assists from the right flank this term but he has been widely criticised by fans for his defending.

Im not a defender so I do get a lot of stick about my defending being poor, but its something Im learning and have been learning for a couple of years now, Maitland-Niles told Sky Sports.

Its not going to come overnight. If I was a defender as a kid, and my defending was poor, I would understand where the criticism is coming from, but Im trying my best for the team and for the manager.

Arsenal's English midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal
Maitland-Niles has been criticised by Arsenal fans this season (AFP/Getty Images)

Its not where I would choose to put myself in the team, as Im an attacking player by trade. Thats all I can try to bring to the team.



Im still learning the defensive side, so when players are running at me, and theyre throwing skills at me, Im still learning how to deal with that.

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