The Gunners and England have high hopes for Three Lions' U21 prospect.
"I'd like to be a winger," Maitland-Niles told Sky Sports. "I feel comfortable there and I've been playing there this season.
"I was a striker growing up. Thierry Henry was the perfect role model at the time.
"Then everybody started growing but I was still a bit short. As I was still quick, direct and could run at players they thought they would put me on the wing. So up until the age of 16 I was a winger."