Arsenal put in a creditable performance against Chelsea in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
There was a shock for Arsenal fans before a ball was kicked after Alexis Sanchez was left out of the starting XI, probably signifying the end of his tenure at the Emirates.
Man City have been heavily linked with a January move for the player and it looks likely that he’ll join the runaway league leaders now.
Given that distraction, Arsenal fans were happy with a draw after Chelsea dominated play in the second half of the match but couldn’t break down a resolute (and occasionally lucky) Gunners defence.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his 17th appearance of the season for Arsenal and he put in another confident display, making Arsenal fans confident that they’ve got a real prospect on their hands.
Here is a selection of the best tweets from Arsenal fans:
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a top top prospect. #CHEARS
— Sassthree (@SastryGosukonda) January 10, 2018
Victor Moses fears Maitland-Niles????
— bk (@_kvmvu) January 10, 2018
Painfully obvious that Maitland-Niles / Wilshere would be an excellent partnership in midfield.
— SamW (@SamW_AFC) January 10, 2018
Maitland-Niles is working for another MOTM performance. Really solid defensively. Good going forward as well.
— The Polish Gooner (@PrzybyszMatt11) January 10, 2018
Ainsley Maitland Niles had been very impressive. Does his job well especially when Hazard cut inside. Great talent.
— ♚ Kris ☆♚ (@Santi_Classorla) January 10, 2018
— ????Gunner4Life???????????? (@highburyAFCsoul) January 10, 2018
— Shahram Ali (@shahramali1) January 10, 2018
The composure of Maitland-Niles is excellent. Really like this kid a lot.
— Nick (@nickgooner80) January 10, 2018