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Ainsley Maitland-Niles signs long-term contract extension with Arsenal

PUBLISHED: 14:43 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 12 June 2018

Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles (right) and Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup Semi Final, First Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles (right) and Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup Semi Final, First Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles has signed a long-term contract extension with the club.

Manchester United's Nemanja Matic (right) and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles (left) battle for the ball (pic Martin Rickett/PA)Manchester United's Nemanja Matic (right) and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles (left) battle for the ball (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

The Gunners starlet has been at the North London giants since he was nine-years-old – and has now committed his long-term future to Unai Emery’s side.

The versatile Maitland-Niles featured 28 times in all competitions for Arsenal last term across the midfield and in defence.

He had a loan spell at Ipswich Town during the 2015-16 season, when he impressed at Portman Road, making 30 appearances for the Championship side, scoring twice and winning the club’s Player of the Month award in his first month.

He has been an England youth international and also captained his country at U20 level – becoming a key figure during the side’s U20 World Cup victory a year ago.

Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy (left) and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles battle for the ball (pic Mike Egerton/PA)Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy (left) and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles battle for the ball (pic Mike Egerton/PA)

The club wrote on their official website: “Congratulations on your new contract Ainsley. We all look forward to your continued progress with us.

He will wear the No15 shirt.

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