The 22-year-old has deputised at right-back this season as Hector Bellerin remains to be recovering from knee surgical procedure after struggling a cruciate ligament harm in January.
Maitland-Niles has already offered two assists from the fitting flank this time period however he has been extensively criticised by followers for his defending.
‘I’m not a defender so I do get a lot of stick about my defending being poor, nevertheless it’s one thing I’m studying and have been studying for a couple of years now,’ Maitland-Niles advised Sky Sports.
‘It’s not going to come back in a single day. If I used to be a defender as a child, and my defending was poor, I might perceive the place the criticism is coming from, however I’m attempting my greatest for the group and for the supervisor.
‘It’s not the place I might select to place myself within the group, as I’m an attacking participant by commerce. That’s all I can attempt to carry to the group.
‘I’m nonetheless studying the defensive facet, so when gamers are operating at me, they usually’re throwing abilities at me, I’m nonetheless studying the best way to take care of that.’
And Maitland-Niles is hopeful that Emery will give him a likelihood to impress additional up the pitch.
‘I’m a midfielder by commerce, both central or on the wing,’ he mentioned.
‘It’s all the time good to have one principal place the place you play, and everybody else will get to play of their principal place, so hopefully it’s simply a matter of time earlier than I can try this too.’