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'Blatantly terrible': Lee Dixon hits out at Arsenal player who's currently out on loan

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Arsenal legend Lee Dixon was not at all happy with Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ performance for West Bromwich Albion in their 0-0 draw against Newcastle United over the weekend.

The 23-year-old was desperate for regular game time after barely featuring in the Premier League at Arsenal. Even when Mikel Arteta gave him a chance to play, it was mostly as a full-back, which isn’t Maitland-Niles’ favourite position.

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The versatile Englishman forced his way out on loan in January and joined West Brom as they were the only club willing to play him in his preferred central midfield position.

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He started in midfield on Sunday and had a decent game apart from one underwhelming moment which attracted a ton of criticism from everyone who was watching him.

West Brom hit the Magpies on the counter-attack and were in a very strong position. Maitland-Niles was on the ball and had multiple passing options to choose from, but he made a meal of it and Dixon was far from happy.

He told Amazon Prime: “You can talk about sticky pitch all you want, but that was a blatantly terrible pass from him. He’s got more quality than that. If you are going to hit a ball, over hit it rather than under-hit it because it just kills the move.”

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Arsenal Insider’s view:

That move summer up Maitland-Niles’ career so far.

The Englishman is incredibly talented and has all the characteristics to be a top player for a top club. However, he has struggled to be consistent and he has let many people down on multiple occasions after getting himself into extremely promising positions.

The most annoying thing about Maitland-Niles is that we all know he has the quality to do so much better than he has done. One can only hope that he reaches the level he is capable of reaching before Arsenal decide to let him leave this summer.

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