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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has handed Under 23 midfielder Reiss Nelson and Anisley Maitland-Niles promotion to the first-team next season.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, can be regarded as a regular, having made 12 appearances for the senior team in the last three seasons including an appearance in the Champions League against Galatasaray in 2014.
“We have some young players who will join the squad next season,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official site. “Like Reiss Nelson, like Ainsley Maitland-Niles already. So they are two players.”
“So we have quality players who might have a chance next season and hopefully we will be able to do that again because that’s part of the DNA of the club as well.”
In regards to Mesut Ozil , Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere extending their stay at the Emirates, Wenger had this to say.
“The first quality we have that will be needed is to keep the [first-team] players together. The team has learned a lot, but to transfer that into the new season the first ingredient and the first request is that they stay together, that they fight together. So that’s basically my answer: let’s keep them all together,” Wenger added.