The youngster started in midfielder for the injury ravaged Gunners on Saturday and impressed Unai Emery enough to play the full ninety minutes.
But there was still criticism from fans online.
Most players understandably ignore these comments aimed at them on Instagram, but Maitland-Niles decided to respond to a handful of them.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles responding to criticism in his Instagram comments.— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) February 10, 2019
It’s a bit sad he has to read all this from Arsenal supporters, but at least he seems to be taking it well. pic.twitter.com/ftJvcFi6kJ