Maitland-Niles was beaming after his penalty (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has jokingly admitted he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles that his nonchalant penalty style is going to give him heart attack as the defender casually tucked away his spot-kick in Arsenal’s shootout victory over Liverpool.The Gunners secured their place in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, getting the better of Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield on penalties.Liverpool had plenty of chances in the second half, but Bernd Leno made several key saves to keep his side in the game, and as the match finished 0-0 in normal time, a penalty shootout was required to separate the two sides. Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 12:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link710Shares Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool Willock scored the winning penalty (Picture: Getty Images)After Leno saved Divock Origi’s spot-kick, it was Maitland Niles’ job to take his side’s fourth penalty, and in his usual laid-back style, the 23-year-old practically walked up to the spot and side-footed the ball into the net.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGerman Leno went on to make another save from Harry Wilson, before Joe Willock’s effort crept under Adrian to send the Gunners through to the quarters.After the game, Arteta revealed Maitland-Niles’ penalty style had his heart rate through the roof.‘I told him in the dressing room that I’m going to have a heart attack because with his body language… Jesus Christ,’ the Spaniard said.‘He puts it in the net which is the reason why he was one of the subs.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal were unlucky to draw Manchester City in the next round of the competition, as Arteta goes up against former mentor Pep Guardiola again.The Gunners got the better of City in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals, and the Spanish boss will be hoping his side can put in a similarly strong performance when the two sides meet again in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.MORE: Paris Saint-Germain open talks to sign Arsenal target Houssem AouarMORE: Gareth Southgate hails Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star gets his first England call-upFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Advertisement
Bendtner, however, is now set for a spell on the sidelines having sprained his ankle in scoring the goal which Wenger believes was reward for his positive attitude since returning to the first-team picture this season. “Nicklas is a player who has gone through some difficult periods, so I just want to give him great credit,” said Wenger, who was already without lead striker Olivier Giroud because of his own ankle problem. “I told him already today that he is back to the level I want him to be at, and if he continues to develop like that he will come back into the team. “Unfortunately he got injured today. He was a bit unlucky, he said he landed on the foot of a Cardiff player and sprained his ankle. It looks like it is not a question of days, but weeks. “I am very sad for us, but for him as well.” Bendtner, 25, has endured a testing spell of his career, with unsuccesful loans at the likes of Sunderland and Juventus before seeing hopes of a move to Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day fail to materialise, often becoming a focal point for fans’ frustrations. Wenger continued: “I never give up on people because you always have to give them credit. “I know the expression of the fans is only the diagnosis of the day – they are always ready to change their mind if you put the effort and the performance in.” Bendtner is out of contract at the end of the season, and so could now sign an agreement to move abroad as a free agent. Wenger said: “It is January 1 so we cannot stop him [talking to clubs abroad], but he says he wants to stay here. “If he is focused on staying with us and his job, he is a great striker.” The Gunners boss maintains he will wait to decide how he tackles the January sales, with the squad in need of some attacking reinforcements. “I don’t know, it doesn’t mean we go straight from Nicklas’ ankle straight to the transfer market,” Wenger said. Wenger felt his side showed great character to finally break Cardiff’s determined resistance. He said: “It looked like in the last 25 minutes like the goal was coming, but sometimes it doesn’t – and not only does it not come but you are then caught on the counter-attack. “We needed resilience and intelligence not to make a mistake at the back and continue to go forward. In the end, Nicklas got us great relief.” Wenger revealed scans on Mesut Ozil’s shoulder problem showed “no big damage”. He said: “I believe Ozil will be short for Saturday (against Tottenham in the FA Cup) and should be ready for Aston Villa (on January 13).” Arsenal are now a point ahead of Manchester City once again, with Chelsea also having won on New Year’s Day, as did Liverpool. Wenger said: “We have a good togetherness in the side, the players come on with the right attitude and that makes the difference. “You know that if you do not have that in the championship, then you have no chance to do it. “We have that in the squad, we have to take care of that spirit and show it in every game.” For Cardiff, all the uncertainty off the pitch has not helped produce results, with the defeat at Arsenal making it just one victory from 10 league matches. Caretaker manager David Kerslake said: “We knew coming here, they have got wonderful talented players and that we would be put under the kosh, but you saw the discipline of the side, the way they defended for each other I thought we were going to hang on.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintained he had never given up on Nicklas Bendtner after the Denmark striker netted a late goal to help beat managerless Cardiff 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, but is now set to be sidelined for few weeks with an ankle injury. Press Association It had looked like the Bluebirds, with potential new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watching from the stands, would hold out for a much-needed point in the wake of relentless Arsenal pressure. However, with just two minutes left, substitute Bendtner crashed the ball in from close range after David Marshall had saved Bacary Sagna’s header before, in stoppage time, Theo Walcott sealed the victory which took the Gunners back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table.