Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, has said Ainsley Maitland-Niles is wasting his talent at the club, after a poor display in the Europa League.
The 22-year-old started Arsenal’s clash with Vitoria Guimaraes at the Emirates on Thursday night, but was substituted at half-time.
Maitland-Niles was culpable for the Portuguese side’s second goal, giving the ball away in the middle of the pitch in the build-up.
Keown, speaking to BT Sport, described the player as “lazy” and sloppy”.
He said: “[Hector] Bellerin is playing in his preferred position [right-back] tonight, [Calum] Chambers has taken his berth in the Premier League.
“He looked like he was feeling sorry for himself tonight and there’s no time for that from as professional footballer.
“Maitland-Niles is all at sea [for the second goal], it’s a laziness and a sloppiness.
“The player has got great ability but he’s wasting his talent at the moment.”