David Seaman: I felt sorry for Arsenal starlet Ainsley Maitland-Niles

David Seaman had sympathy for Ainsley Maitland-Niles after Arsenal's 2-0 loss to Man City

David Seaman
Arsenal legend David Seaman Photo: Tag Heuer

David Seaman has admitted that he felt for Ainsley Maitland-Niles following Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City in their Premier League opener on Sunday.

The Gunners youngster started the game under new boss Unai Emery but his afternoon was cut short when he limped off with an injury in the 35th minute of the Premier League clash at The Emirates.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva ended up wrapping up the three points for the defending champions as Emery’s first competitive game in charge of Arsenal ended in defeat.

Seaman feels that there were still a lot of the same problems from last season on display from the Gunners, and he admitted that he felt for the “isolated” Maitland-Niles on Sunday.

Speaking in an interview with talkSPORT, Seaman said: “I think we saw a lot of the same old Arsenal from last season

“We saw them a little bit disorganised at the back, I felt sorry for Maitland-Niles, he got isolated too much.

“You’ve got Mahrez and Walker attacking him for fun and he didn’t really get backed up by any other defenders.”

Arsenal will be looking to pick up their first Premier League points of the season on Saturday evening when they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on local rivals Chelsea FC.

The north London side will be aiming to be one of the main challengers for the top four positions in the table this term after they ended up sixth and without a trophy in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign in charge last season.

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