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Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles claims they are now proving their real value

Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles believes Sunday’s FA Cup win at Sheffield United has proved the team’s character.

Mikel Arteta’s men have bounced back from defeats at Manchester City and Brighton since football resumed to win at Southampton in the Premier League and now at Bramall Lane.

Arsenal scored a late winner to beat Sheffield United 2-1 and Maitland-Niles said: ‘A lot has been said about the character of this group but I think you really saw at 1-1, to come back and rally and get that late goal to push on and get that win against a Sheffield United team who have done well this season.

‘It does show what we’re about. We’ve been building a lot of character.

‘The tough times we are in show we’ve got the character to come back and keep fighting, trying to do as well as we can in the league and in the domestic cups.

‘I think this was just the icing on the cake in showing people we can really do it.’

Arsenal have won the FA Cup four times since they last lifted the Premier League in 2004 and now face a semi-final against holders Manchester City at Wembley.

‘It’s an amazing feeling,’ said Maitland-Niles, 22. ‘Every club wants to go to Wembley and play. For us to do it, away, and we haven’t had the best of results away recently… it’s good to pick up that win.

‘We just want the fans to keep supporting us, stick with us. We’re a team in progress, just like a lot of other teams, and we’re trying to win as many games as we can to please the fans.’

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