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    • Ainsley Maitland-Niles slotted home one of the most causal penalties to date
    • Mikel Arteta joked that his ice cool approach almost gave him a heart attack
    • While fans were quick to focus on Maitland-Niles’ goal celebration after
    • The youngster laughed at the Reds keeper as he returned to the half-way line 

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles had nerves of steel as he scored what may have been one of the most causal penalties to date during Arsenal‘s shootout victory over Liverpool on Thursday.

    The 23-year-old completed a very casual, slow, run up before slotting it past Liverpool goalkeeper Adrianin the fourth round of penalties.  

    Fans were quick to highlight Maitland-Niles’ goal celebration towards the Reds keeper, while Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta joked that the midfielder’s ice cold body language almost gave him a ‘heart attack’.

    Mikel Arteta joked that Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s ice cool penalty almost gave him a heart attack

    While Arsenal fans were quick to focus on Maitland-Niles laughing at Adrianin after scoring

    While Arsenal fans were quick to focus on Maitland-Niles laughing at Adrianin after scoring

    After the game, Arteta said: ‘I told him in the dressing room, I’m going to have a heart attack because of his body langauge!’  

    While fans referred to Maitland-Niles as having ‘ice in his veins’ and the ‘cheekiest penalty taker’. 

    One fan Tweeted: Maitland-Niles has to be one of the best and cheekiest pk takes I have ever seen. Man has ice in his veins…’ 

    Another supporter shared their thoughts online, drawing drew similarities between Maitland-Niles and Pele when he steps up to take a penalty. 

    They said: ‘Ainsley Maitland-Niles turn into prime Pele when he gets to the penalty spot. Cold as ice’. 

    Fans also flocked to Twitter to discuss how Maitland-Niles celebrated his penalty by laughing at the Liverpool keeper as he returned to the half-way line.  

    The pair seemed to have exchanged words prior to the penalty, making the goal even more sweet for the midfielder. 



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