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As Mikel Arteta acquired his 100th match as Arsenal supervisor, the first string sheet he ever provided as head coach naturally resurfaced.

Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were 3 familiar names from the 4 gamers that had the difference of bookending Arteta’s century, however Ainsley Maitland-Niles likewise appeared as the unforeseen member of that quartet too.

Starting in location of the hurt Thomas Partey in Arsenal’s gritty 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday, Maitland-Niles lined up together with Albert Sambi Lokonga – actioning in while Granit Xhaka continues his healing – to form Arteta’s extremely second-choice midfield double-pivot.

Barely 2 months prior, Maitland-Niles’ status as an Arsenal gamer, not to mention a starter, appeared deeply suspicious. As the transfer window ended, the club’s academy item took the modern-day method of venting his aggravations digitally (and really openly) by publishing: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play.”



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