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.
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!”
Why should you sign up?
In each football.london Arsenal bulletin, we’ll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans.
We’ll also send special newsletters when big stories break or there’s a special event happening.
How do you sign up?
It’s easy and only takes seconds.
Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article – or any article on the Arsenal section of football.london in fact – labelled ‘Get the biggest daily stories by email’ and click ‘Subscribe’.
And that’s it, you’re all set.
If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters – but we don’t think…