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Selling Ainsley Maitland-Niles could come back to haunt Arsenal like Serge Gnabry.

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rightly earned all the plaudits for his FA Cup final heroics, there was one man who certainly went under the radar that day at Wembley.

As Arsenal went on to lift an incredible 14th FA Cup, beating favourites Manchester City in the semi-final before overcoming top-four finishers Chelsea in the final, Ainsley Maitland-Niles more than proved his worth.

Maitland-Niles was handed rare starts against City and Chelsea, with Mikel Arteta putting extreme faith in him by deploying him as left wing-back.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles shone for Arsenal during the club’s march to their 14th FA Cup triumph

Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the 22-year-old but is being forced to let him leave this summer

Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the 22-year-old but is being forced to let him leave this summer

While there were concerns among many Arsenal fans about how he would fare in his unfamiliar position on the left flank, Maitland-Niles superbly dealt with the threat of Riyad Mahrez, Mason Mount and Co.

But it wasn’t just in defence where he excelled, showing his impressive attacking capabilities as Arsenal continued their domination of the FA Cup. 

And following the massive victory over favourites City in the semi-final, Arteta hailed Maitland-Niles for his…