Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles sustained an injury while starring for Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening after bagging the opening goal for the Tractor Boys against Bolton.
Maitland-Niles gave Ipswich the lead after 13 minutes [his first senior goal], when his first-time effort hit the back of the net from Daryl Murphy’s cross.
And the club’s official Twitter account [Official_ITFC] confirmed the English teenage sensation has picked up an injury: “Unfortunate injury for Maitland-Niles who had fired the Blues in front.”
The 18-year old is a product of Arsenal’s Hale End Academy having joined the club at the age of six. He then progressed to the club’s Under-21s during the 2013-14 season, having broken into the Under-18 set-up the season before.
And on 9 December 2014, the English teenager made his professional debut at the age of 17 in a UEFA Champions League match against Galatasaray, becoming the second youngest player to have represented Arsenal in the Champions League, behind Jack Wilshere.
Fast forward to July 2015, Maitland-Niles was farmed out on a season-long loan to Ipswich and has been impressive for the Championship outfit before his injury.
The 18-year old has now joined the long list of Arsenal injured players and should this continue, it could derail the Gunners’ push for the Premier League title as well as the Champions League this term.
The likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck are already out with injuries and it’s only November.
The Gunners have always been unlucky with injuries and that has been a factor that has been hindering their title tilt in recent seasons.