Ainsley Maitland-Niles Replies To Fans Who Critcised His Performance This Weekend

At some point in your career as a professional footballer, criticism will come your way via the often ruthless mistress of social media - just ask Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Niles featured in his club's victory over Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon and despite Unai Emery's side picking up all three points at the John Smith's Stadium, some fans expressed their frustration at the 21-year-old's performance.

Emery has played Niles in the right back position in recent weeks, something that has raised questions among some supporters.

In his latest Instagram post, the youngster thanked the fans for their support at the weekend.

It is fairly common to see criticism in the comments section of player's Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts, but rarely do you see the player respond to a number of fans.

Maitland Niles decided to respond to those critics in the best way possible.

For example, one fan offered his thoughts on the 21-year-old's performance, saying: "You're too relaxed on the ball. You gave it away like five times."

Niles simply responded: "I'll try and do better bro."

Image: Instagram/Maitland-Niles
Image: Instagram/Maitland-Niles

Image: Instagram/Maitland-Niles
Image: Instagram/Maitland-Niles


Image: Instagram/Maitland-Niles
Image: Instagram/Maitland-Niles

He went on to reply to lots of other similar messages in a humble gesture. He didn't have to do this.

Niles' actions didn't go unnoticed and many felt like he didn't need to apologise for his performance against Huddersfield yesterday.

Well played, Ainsley.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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