Arsenal midfielder Maitland-Niles happy after first week with Roma

Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has detailed his first week with Roma.

Maitland-Niles, on-loan to June, made his debut in defeat to Juventus.

He said, “Having ups and downs are part of football.

“We lost focus and it cost us the game. If we can change our mindset and focus for seven extra minutes then we can become a team that wins constantly. It’s just a matter of everyone coming together and focusing all together instead of losing the focus.

“Roma is a good team, Serie A is a great league. It’s more tactical and technical [than the Premier League]. You need to be aware and have to focus all the time on the pitch.”

Maitland-Niles is happy to have fellow England internationals Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham as teammates.

“I knew Tammy before I came here. Chris not so much, we’ve become closer since I’ve been here,” he continued.

“In terms of being on the pitch and speaking Italian, I understand football. If the coach speaks Italian for the rest of the team, I can still understand bits because I understand football. There are bits where the translator helps me, but the major part I understand.

“I have multiple abilities, I can run, I have great energy on the pitch, good technical ability. I understand the game very well. For me is just trying to improve in every game and every week. That’s what I need to work on and build upon my performances.”

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