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What Mikel Arteta said to Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the dressing room after Liverpool shoot-out win

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta joked he was not a fan of Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ penalty run-up in the Gunners’ shootout victory over Liverpool.

After a 0-0 draw at Anfield, Arteta’s side won the penalty shootout 5-4, with Maitland-Niles amongst the scorers from 12 yards.

Mohamed Elneny missed Arsenal’s third penalty, which momentarily handed the Reds the advantage.

However, Divock Origi missed the home side’s next spot-kick after a save from Bernd Leno, and Harry Wilson missed Liverpool’s sixth – also falling victim to the German’s heroics.

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In the fourth round of penalties, Maitland-Niles stepped up, very casually and slowly trotted up to the ball, before very calmly slotting it down the middle, past Adrian.

As the 23-year-old was running back to his team-mates on the halfway line, the Gunners defender and the Reds’ goalkeeper exchanged a smile – with some words clearly said beforehand.

Arteta, speaking in his post-match press conference, joked about Maitland-Niles’ penalty run-up almost giving him a heart attack.

The Arsenal boss said: “I told him in the dressing room, I’m going to have a heart attack with his body language, Jesus Christ!”

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