Advertisement Comment Ainsley Maitland-Niles has caught the eye at Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal have ‘the next Gareth Bale’ on their hands in the shape of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino.Maitland-Niles was left on the bench as Arsenal lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday, with his substitution at half-time not enough to turn things around for the Gunners.However, it was the 21-year-old’s performance on Thursday in the Europa League at Napoli which really caught Cascarino’s eye.The youngster started the game at right wing-back as the Gunners beat the Serie A side 1-0 in Naples, securing passage to the semi-finals where they will meet Valencia.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMaitland-Niles did enough to remind the former Aston Villa and Celtic player of a current Real Madrid superstar. Phil HaighMonday 22 Apr 2019 12:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link179Shares Cascarino predicts big things for Maitland-Niles (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)‘I saw the next Gareth Bale on Thursday — and he was wearing an Arsenal shirt,’ Cascarino wrote for The Times. ‘Sorry, Spurs fans.‘Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a full back who is not really a full back, just like Bale when he joined Tottenham in 2007.‘He has fierce pace and gets in great positions to score and create chances.He has improved hugely and has benefited from the injury to the first-choice right back Héctor Bellerín. He is more of a wing back but could easily play in midfield too.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Londoner made his Premier League debut for Arsenal back in 2014, but has only become a more regular fixture in the side over the last two seasons.He has made 15 Premier League appearances this campaign, nine of which came form start, while he has made nine more appearances in other competitions.Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been delighted with the progress of the Englishman, who he believes is a shining example to other youngsters at the club.We also have here young players coming from the academy, training with us, playing some matches with us.‘My responsibility is to work with them and give them the possibility to train with us and show the capacity to get into the first team with regularity in the future,’ said Emery.‘But first, they have to realise that our level is a very high level and requires them to do a lot of work to show us they can get and hold down a position at Arsenal.‘This process was done by Ainsley, and it is continuing. I am asking him not to stop and do more.’MORE: Why Unai Emery benched Lucas Torreira for Arsenal’s defeat to Crystal PalaceMORE: Martin Keown slams Shkodran Mustafi after woeful Arsenal performance against Crystal Palace Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles is ‘the next Gareth Bale’ says Tony Cascarino Advertisement
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