Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes that Ainsley Maitland-Niles has the potential to reach the top of the game following the Real Madrid star.
He wrote in The Times: “I saw the next Gareth Bale on Thursday — and he was wearing an Arsenal shirt. Sorry, Spurs fans.
“Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a full back who is not really a full back, just like Bale when he joined Tottenham in 2007.”
“He has fierce pace and gets in great positions to score and create chances,” he added.
“He has improved hugely and has benefited from the injury to the first-choice right-back Héctor Bellerín.
“He is more of a wing-back but could easily play in midfield too.
The 21 year- old midfielder has made 31 appearances for the Gunners this season.