Arsenal manager Unai Emery has singled out Alex Iwobi and Maitland-Niles for praise in his side 5-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Iwobi completed his first 90 minutes in December and also provided an assist for Nile’s 11th minute opener in the defeat.
Arsenal’s goal sparked the hosts into life, as they took the lead within five minutes, through a Roberto Firmino brace.
Sadio Mane connected with Mohammed Salah’s touch-down to make it 3-1, before Salah converted from the spot in added time of the first half.
Firmino rounded off scoring in the 65th minute from the penalty spot.
“There were some positives, Ainsley played as right winger and scored. Iwobi, after some matches not playing very well, he played 90minutes with a good performance,” Emery told reporters after the game.
The Spanish manager whose side is without a win in his last three games also blamed his defence for the defeat.
“But defensively we need to be stronger, to work.”
“Our defensive moments in our box, it’s my responsibility.”