Arsenal: 3 crucial players to end season well – FanSided

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Arsenal are on the verge of completing a truly great first season under Unai Emery’s tutelage. This is the final push.Find the latest episode of the Pain in the Arsenal Podcast here — Season in review; Summer window loomsBut who are the crucial players to a successful end to the year? Well, here are three candidates.(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)3. Ainsley Maitland-NilesHector Bellerin is critical to the system that Unai Emery wants to use: a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 with natural full-backs providing the width. But Bellerin will miss the remainder of the year with a torn ACL, and during his absences this season, his replacements have not been able to provide the same athletic, pressure-evading presence as the Spaniard. Want your voice heard? Join the Pain In The Arsenal team! Write for us! But if there is one player who can perform at the same level as Bellerin, it is Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The 21-year-old has improved markedly in recent matches against Manchester United and Rennes, starting as a right wing-back in a 3-5-2 shape that Emery has taken a liking to.Maitland-Niles must continue to perform at a high level. With a lack of true wingers, Arsenal rely heavily on their full-backs, both to be solid in defensive areas and to provide a threat in the final third. Maitland-Niles has done precisely that recently, but in Bellerin’s stead, he must continue to do so.Use your ← → (arrows) to browse
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