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'We must support': Some Arsenal fans jump to 23-year-old's defence amid 'unfair' criticism

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Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by an organised Crystal Palace side at the Emirates last night.

That brings an end to our four-game winning run, and Mikel Arteta will be scratching his head again.

Kieran Tierney’s absence proved to be a massive blow for us. The Scotsman has been our best player over the last few games and him missing out considerably weakened our left-side.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles came in for Tierney yesterday and the Englishman had a poor game.

He looked off the pace and made a mess of simple things, which is strange considering that he has fared incredibly well at left-back before.

The 23-year-old came under a ton of criticism from fans at half-time for his display in the first 45 minutes.

Many urged Arteta to take him off at the break but the Arsenal boss stuck by him. Maitland-Niles came out for the second half but barely lasted 20 minutes.

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He was withdrawn and sadly, he deserved that. His performance combined with the result attracted a ton of criticism from a section of our fan base on social media.

However, many others jumped into his defence and urged the rest to support one of our own.

Here’s how a few of them reacted on Twitter

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