Ainsley Maitland-Niles hints at leaving Arsenal despite man of the match showing

Ainsley Maitland-Niles failed to rule out a potential move away from Arsenal this summer despite inspiring the Gunners to Community Shield glory.

Versatile wide man and birthday boy Maitland-Niles put in a man of the match performance as Mikel Arteta’s side beat Liverpool on penalties at Wembley on Sunday.

Playing in left-midfield, Maitland-Niles worked tirelessly in defence and attack, and even cooly slotted away a penalty.

The former England youth international, who has just received a first call up to the senior team, is being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer.

While discussing what it felt like to win for Arsenal on his birthday, the 23-year-old gave a cagey response about his future.

“It was a special moment – the first time I’ve ever played on my birthday,” Maitland-Niles told BT Sport.

“Playing at Wembley, fighting for another title for the club, and we brought it home today which is just a fantastic feeling that these boys have proved something last season, and we keep on going into this season.

Speaking about his future, he added: “I’m an Arsenal player until I'm told otherwise.

“My heart is in the club and whilst I'm here I am going to give 100% every time so that's that.”

Meanwhile, Arteta said that winning against Liverpool at Wembley was a huge step in the right direction ahead of the new season.

"I'm so happy,” the Spaniard told BT Sport. “I knew the challenge we were facing today. Thank you to the players for the effort and the performance.

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"The courage of the team [was the most pleasing thing], how aggressive we were without the ball and to break the pressure of Liverpool. I knew in the second half we would suffer.

"This generates belief, to be able to compete against a team like this in a final makes me happy."

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