Emery intends to make Ainsley-Miles an Arsenal superstar

The new Arsenal manager Unai Emery has impressed Ivan Gazidis immensely with his depth of knowledge about the whole Arsenal squad, and he already knows the strengths and weaknesses of the team, and even more specifically he knows how to get each individual to improve even further.

When Gazidis described Emery’s approach and knowledge, he spoke about Ainsley Maitland-Niles in particular. “What was really impressive was when you scratched the surface to go deeper and deeper and deeper,” he told Arsenal Player. “If we were speaking about one of our young players, if we targeted Ainsley Maitland-Niles for example, Unai knows Ainsley.

“He’s watched him, he’s familiar with his patterns of play, his capabilities, he’s very excited about his potential and was able to talk about how excited he was to work with Ainsley, to develop him as a player.

“Very specifically, when you asked the follow-up question and the follow-up question and the follow-up question, you’d get more and more depth about how exactly he would do that, exactly how him and his team would work with an individual player to develop them into the best player they can possibly be and also within the team dynamic.

“There are a lot of platitudes in the game of football, a lot, and people can speak at a surface level very easily to sound confident and impressive. What’s impressive to me is when you scratch through that and you get deeply involved in what exactly they mean.”

Ivan certainly makes Emery sound like a very thorough and hard-working coach and he will have his team around him to help get all the players improved. As long as the players take on board all the lessons that Emery and his coaches give them then we should be much improved next season even without any new arrivals….



  1. Sue says:

    Ainsley is so cool ? I’m excited for his future under Emery. He has the ability to become an Arsenal superstar… maybe even a legend!

    1. gotanidea says:

      There used to be the same hype about Wilshere, Ramsey and Nelson

      Good coaches, fewer injuries, more chances in the first team, less media spotlight and a low profile character could make Maitland-Niles develop into a good player

      If he can stay humble, focused and train hard like Salah/ Mbappe, he could achieve what Wilshere/ Ramsey/ Fabregas/ Denilson couldn’t at Arsenal

      1. Alkali says:

        Fabregas was a superstar at arsenal, he didn’t win much because of the team around him.

        1. goonerscott says:

          Agreed. Definitely can’t label Fabregas an underachiever. On the article, all sounds extremely positive and can’t wait for the coming season.The people in charge are certainly talking the talk so let’s all get behind them and hope they walk the walk

          1. Phil says:

            Fabregas was a class act while at Arsenal.To say he failed the Club is an absolutely ridiculous comment.If anything it was Arsenal Football Club that failed Fabregas by not investing in the quality we needed to make the team competitive.

          2. Counsel says:

            @phil Fabrigas of arsenal is not the same fabrigas at barca and Chelsea even considering the stats.To say arsenal failed him shows how thickheaded you are

          3. Phil says:

            Rumpole of the Bailey.You are totally correct.The Fabrigas at Arsenal was not the same Fabrigas as the one at Barcelona and Chelsea.He was far far better when he played for us than he ever was playing for those two.And YOU call ME a thick head?Twat

          4. Malch95 says:

            I’d have to agree, Fabregas at Arsenal was one of the best creative players in the world at the time but he was surrounded by some garbage truck juice when main players got overworked and eventually injured (imagine having a peak Adebayor and Eduardo injured and havinf to replace them with Bendtner or Chamakh *facepalms). There was always at least 2 glaring holes in our first 11 at that time. GK (Almunia, Return of Lehmann), CB (Silvestre, squillaci, cygan) exc.

          5. Mark Kitching says:


            Probably best you get the player’s name right before calling a fellow supporter “thickheaded”.

          6. RichSAAlao says:

            @ Mr Phil
            Could you please remind us the team around Cesc Fabregas that were so bad. And those it should have been.
            But I remember a certain time when Pep Gaurdiola team was trashed by that very team.

          7. Enagic says:

            Walcott was a bad combination there – if do your research some players decided to leave because they were fed up with wenger way Henry, Van persie and Fabregas

        2. gotanidea says:

          He had the peak Walcott, Hleb, Rosicky, Adebayor, Gallas, Flamini, Eboue, Clichy and Van Persie

          Too bad we didn’t have consistent wingers at that time

        3. Enagic says:

          The main problem at arsenal was wenger in terms of recruitment he didnt know what we need even if he did he belived on his so called “philisohpy” and (dithering) on transfer (he was taking forever) expecting a selling team will give him a player for almost free and another issue was decision making which was on his hands – now on new setup we have sanllehi, Sven and Gazidis that will not be a problem any more they will just go and bring in whatever we need

          1. Enagic says:

            We have a dream team now!! – Gazidis, Sanllehi,Sven and Unai all will be working together and share opinion where to strength going forward during wenger’s era gazidis didnt have any say about who was coming in/going out which i find to be very strange i am just glad selfish and dictator with zero credibility is gone lying season after season “this transfer we are going to be very active” but who is coming in one player or nothing – another biggest lie Lemar was available for 55mln but he refused to pay but he submitted a bid in last 1 hour of transfer window for 92mln?? really a guy was just a pain to be around.

      2. jon fox says:

        Fabregas failed? I guess you are unique among Gooners in thinking that. It is nonsense! Frankly, I am very surprised at YOU of all people saying this. More amazed than surprised actually!

    2. Aniekan says:

      Omg! Like you read my mind, Niles is a skillful chap, it really pains me that Wenger didn’t utilize properly despite the Bellerin flop

  2. Trudeau says:

    Honestly I’d be happy with just signing a new keeper and a CB in this window as long as they are top drawer. Give Emery the first half of the season to evaluate the young players, the so-called deadwood and the underperformers before making wholesale changes. There will be a couple of surprises in both who makes the grade and who doesn’t.

    1. Aniekan says:

      We also need a DM, one like Kante or Ndidi

      1. Enagic says:

        What about DM like marcos senna or Andre Pirlo?

    2. Enagic says:

      We need atlest 3 new CB Soyuncu, Socratis and Evans and for RB we need that free transfer from Juventus, Mustafi needs to go, Kozy needs to at somepoint Mert gone chambers, holding one of them needs to go out on loan and keep Mavsporanous

  3. Millnales is the player deserves to be our DF because he is more aggressive than any other p

    1. gotanidea says:

      What is DF? Defender Fullback?

      Maitland-Niles excels as a fullback/ wingback for both left/ right sides and as a DM, because he is fast and has good stamina, due to his age and skills

  4. Meja says:

    Unai needs time although other managers with the right support hit the ground running in their first seasom example being antonio conte and also #klopp who took liverpool to the europa finals within his first 4months incharge of liverpool.
    But i wount be so optimistic if our big opponents end up strengthening further with bigger signings.

  5. barryglik says:

    Very early days for Emery.
    It will take at least two years
    for the new style to really kick in.
    In that time there will be many squad changes.
    By the summer of 2020 perhaps only 2-3 players
    from this season’s squad will remain.
    Top 6 the first season top 4 the following season
    and the PL title in season 3

    1. Beaveraldinho says:

      Hahaha ok mate. 2-3 players you’re having a laugh. Do you think thats how he convinced Arsenal to give him the job?
      “My plan is to sell the whole team. That way I don’t have to bother turning up everyday to train them. I’ll just buy in an entire new squad because thats what BarryGlik has dreamed up as the answer to Arsenal’s problems.”
      I’m sure that would have gone down like a ton of bricks at a club with our values. Of course he has already stated in his first interview that the team only needs minor changes. Did you just read this article btw? About improving youngsters (the club ethos and all that).

  6. ruelando says:

    I am hoping Niles can keep a low profile in his growth as a player, he has the up and down movement that is needed in a pressing game, calm under pressure, good pace and intelligent. If Emery improves him more, the stars is the limit

    1. Phil says:

      Good comment.We never really played a pressing game under Wenger.Fitness is going to be key and some will really need to step up.AMN is made for this IF he is played as a CDM and is COACHED into the role.This boy has what it takes to be a top top footballer and let’s hope under Emery he progresses as we know he can

      1. Xxnofx says:

        Agreed he’s built for that midfield role ,him with a Santi type next to him would be ideal midfield duo

      2. Counsel says:

        @ Phil Emery praised Wenger and let this sink to the thickest skull around,what do you know better than all the legends of the game and managers who respects Wenge contribution to the game

        1. Phil says:

          Rumpole of the Bailey.In case you are not aware Wenger led us to SIXTH place in the League.He achieved the magnificent feat of finishing higher in the Premiership than BURNLEY.You being the master(bator)of a legal mind that you think you are might feel you can defend him.That makes you every bit of the A***HOLE you come across as every time you spout off about something.Its a good job you take yourself seriously because I seriously doubt many others do

          1. jon fox says:

            Great last line that. I will remember it for use myself , when appropriate! You never said a truer word about Counsel.

  7. Big Charley says:

    Who knows, he might not need heavy spending to win premier league like Ray Parlour said, he might need to sign the right players, hard working players, players who will be able to go the extra minutes, then improve our already lazy players. Make them work harder, improve Anisley-Miles and other players around his age. At least am happy we have something else to look forward to. Maybe some how he might take premier league by storm. Or maybe he won’t, but I we can’t be worse than 6th.

  8. John Wick says:

    Off topic does anyone know the new Arsenal assistant/ no.2 is it Juan Carlos Carcedo? anyone but Steve Bould ?

    1. Hadnuff says:

      That dummy Steve Bould was stealing a living! Should have stood up to Wenger and demanded more coaching role, input into tactics and gameplans. Never once got of his seat in anger when the team was losing heavily or the defence was all over the place. Hope the guy is shown the door asap.

      1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

        Yes Juan Carlos Carcedo? and I read he’s a bad ass. time to feel alive!!!

      2. John Wick says:

        @Hadnuff true mate and I heard the club want to keep him on! For what ? He does nothing.. he’s part of the deadwood that needs clearing out! @VCC good! We need someone who can get tough with those players! Wenger wrapped them in cotton wool for too long!

        1. Phil says:

          JW-it will be interesting to see how most of the players respond to some serious kickass training and coaching.You would imagine they would welcome the change and be up for the challenge.Interesting to see who will respond and who will not

  9. ..Ken1945 says:

    Not only AMN, Ian really hoping he can produce the expected levels of Chambers and Holding as well .
    If these two carry on their obvious improvement under Per the latter part of last season and with the input from Emery, we could have the makings of a fantastic young defence.
    Exciting times ahead.

  10. Mark Kitching says:

    I’ve been saying this for years about Arsenal’s players. A better manager/head coach could turn the raw material of our squad into a much better team.

    Wenger’s decline over the past few seasons meant that we never really saw the best out of a lot of players.

    With proper coaching and a clear system even average players can form part of a team where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

    Arsenal have above average players, with a few excellent players thrown in. But Wenger couldn’t get our squad to perform to the levels that their ability deserved.

    I’m positive about the clubs future with Emery in charge. I just hope that our incredibly fickle and often moronic supporters support the players and the new coaching setup 100%.

    It’s not going to be an overnight transformation, but with proper planning and time to get the squad used to his way of playing, Emery could be a big success at Arsenal.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      ?If Steve Bould stays, hopefully the shackles will be off and he will be allowed to coach and pass on his undoubted experience.

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