Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool

first_imgMaitland-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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Klopp follows Shankly’s lead to make Liverpool dreams come true

first_img Loading… Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca“I will never compare with this fella,” insisted Klopp after breaking another of Shankly’s records with a 22nd consecutive home league win just before lockdown.Yet, even for a great orator, Klopp’s actions speak louder than words.By finally bringing the Premier League title to Anfield, Klopp has followed in Shankly’s footsteps into Liverpool folklore.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp’s legendary status at Anfield was secured on Thursday as he became the first Liverpool manager to win a league title in 30 years. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp On Klopp’s first day in charge at Anfield five years ago he addressed players, staff and supporters, telling them: “If somebody wants to help LFC, you have to change from doubter to believer.” Confidence was not high on Merseyside at the time. Klopp arrived with Liverpool 10th in the Premier League table after finishing a lowly sixth the season before. The German’s force of personality, charisma and coaching nous soon began a transformation that had been seen at Liverpool many years ago under Bill Shankly.Advertisement Bill Shankly transformed Liverpool from sleeping giants into the dominant force in English footballThe Reds had been in the second division for five years prior to his arrival. By the time the Scot stood aside in 1974, he had won three First Division titles and built the platform for his successor Bob Paisley to win three European Cups.“Jurgen is more like Bill Shankly,” said former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness, who was part of Paisley’s side. “A great communicator, a showman and the leader of the pack.“He is a great fit for Liverpool because he feels the emotion of the place.“Liverpool is an extremely emotional football club, with its history, its tragedies. You get that emotion when you go to Anfield and hear ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.”Klopp’s ability to communicate and lead by example has been even more valuable in the difficult circumstances surrounding the Reds’ long wait to get over the line.Liverpool were champions-elect long before the season was shut down in March for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Klopp admitted last week he had been concerned by threats to “null and void” the campaign, but always struck a measured tone, saying that if stopping the season “helps one individual stay healthy, we do it no questions asked”.“Throughout the pandemic, he didn’t ever say anything that crossed the line,” said another former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher. “He always nails what needs to be said and how people are feeling.”– Heartbreak on the journey –The construction of a title-winning side has been five years in the making.Klopp’s ways took time to be accepted. After a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom in December 2015, many questioned the wisdom of leading his players to join arm-in-arm in front of the Kop to celebrate a late equaliser.There was plenty of heartbreak along the way too. Finals in the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League were lost.Last season was one of a number of near misses over the past three decades as a club-record 97 points was still not enough to wrest the title from Manchester City.Yet, in contrast to other fine managers who came close to the title at Anfield such as Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers, Klopp has turned that pain into glory.Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophyKlopp delivered on his word to win a major trophy within his first four years in charge by winning Liverpool’s sixth European Cup last season – a feat even Shankly never managed. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has developed into one of the world’s finest full-backs under Klopp’s watch, summarised his manager’s impact at Anfield. “To change the whole club, to change everyone from doubters to believers, to get everybody thinking the same way, believing the same way and having the same dreams,” he said. “He just embodies the whole club. Even without being from the city, the country and being local, he just clicks with the club. He does it with every person – the fans, the staff and the players.” Shankly took the reigns at Anfield in 1959, with Liverpool mired in trouble.last_img read more

The Latest: Minnesota cutting men’s track, gym, tennis teams

first_img Associated Press The president of Italian soccer club Napoli has tested positive for the coronavirus.The team says Aurelio De Laurentiis was positive following a test taken Wednesday.De Laurentiis attended a Serie A meeting in Milan on Wednesday that included representatives of each of the Italian league’s 20 clubs. He was also in contact with Napoli’s players and staff recently during the team’s preseason training camp in Castel di Sangro.It wasn’t immediately clear if Napoli’s entire squad would be placed in isolation as a precautionary measure.Napoli’s opening Serie A match is at Parma in 10 days and the team is scheduled to play Pescara and Sporting Lisbon in preseason friendlies on Friday and Sunday. Minnesota President Joan Gabel and athletic director Mark Coyle said Thursday that the athletic department is facing a projected loss of $75 million in revenue for this fiscal year following the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall sports.School officials said the elimination of the sports will be effective at the completion of their 2020-21 competition seasons, which the teams will play if “health and safety precautions allow.”The athletic department is eliminating eight other positions in addition to those that will be cut because of the four programs being discontinued. School officials said that’s part of a personnel cost-reduction that should save $1.3 million this fiscal year.The 10% salary reductions that Coyle, football coach P.J. Fleck, men’s volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon, men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko, men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino and women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen had accepted already will now be extended through the entire fiscal year. That is expected to save about $1.2 million.___ Washington laid off 16 employees and instituted furloughs or reductions in hours for another 35 employees as part of a second-round of cost-saving measures by the school.Washington said the 16 layoffs are a combination of vacant positions and some currently filled roles.Washington had previously announced salary reductions for some members of the athletic department and instituted furloughs for all athletic staff.“We have remained committed to maintaining all 22 of our programs and to providing a world-class education and athletic experience for our students,” Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement. “In order to fulfill this commitment we are having to make some challenging personnel decisions that impact long-standing and dedicated members of our department. The current pandemic continues to have a major impact on our entire country and we are not immune.”The layoffs and furloughs are part of Washington’s efforts to cut $28 million in expenses from its athletic budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school is projecting a revenue shortfall of more than $50 million and that’s if a winter or spring football season is played. ___Boston College has suspended activities for its men’s and women’s swimming and diving program after some team members tested positive for the coronavirus.School spokesman Jason Baum says in an email that the athletes who tested positive are in isolation. He declined to say how many team members had tested positive and whether they were on the men’s or women’s team.As of Thursday, there were 68 undergraduates in isolation, including 28 in isolation housing and 40 recovering at home. Fifteen students have recovered from the virus.___ ___The University of Texas will require students to pass a COVID-19 test before they’ll be allowed to attend the No. 14 Longhorns’ season opener against UTEP on Saturday night.Texas has up to 3,000 student tickets available for the football game. To claim a ticket, a student must pass a university-provided rapid test on Friday, the school said. The test will be free to students at a cost of about $90 per test to the university.Texas will allow about 18,000 fans to attend the game at a stadium that typically seats close to 100,000. The testing requirement doesn’t apply to the general public attending the game.Texas doesn’t require students to be tested before they attend classes, although most are taking classes online, and gatherings of 10 or more people are generally not allowed. September 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Minnesota is dropping men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, gymnastics and tennis because of budget concerns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Minnesota cutting men’s track, gym, tennis teams “For a single event where many are gathering, we felt this additional safety measure was beneficial,” Texas spokesman J.B Bird said.___Kentucky will limit seating at Kroger Field this season to 20% of capacity, about 12,200, with physical distancing for its five Southeastern Conference home games.The school’s coronavirus protocols announced Thursday include mobile ticketing and parking passes and face coverings at all times, except while eating or drinking. Tailgating and pregame gatherings in the parking lots have also been eliminated, including RVs.Kroger Field will undergo enhanced cleaning and sanitization before and during events and feature hand washing and sanitizing stations throughout. The Wildcats’ home opener is Oct. 3 against Mississippi. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more