Ainsley Maitland-Niles explains how Arsenal assistant Freddie Ljungberg has helped develop his game

first_img Comment Ainsley Maitland-Niles explains how Arsenal assistant Freddie Ljungberg has helped develop his game Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been impressed by Freddie Ljungberg’s impact on the training pitch (Picture: Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles is full of praise for Freddie Ljungberg’s training methods and believes that Arsenal’s assistant first-team coach has improved the attacking side of his game.Following a coaching reshuffle at the Emirates over the summer, Ljungberg was promoted into a prominent position in Unai Emery’s coaching team with Steve Bould replacing him as U23 manager.Ljungberg, an important member of Arsenal’s Invincibles side in 2003-04, has reportedly impressed in his new role and is being tipped as a potential successor to Emery should the Spaniard leave at the end of his contract in 2021. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has played eight times for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Explaining how Ljungberg has helped him this term, Maitland-Niles said: ‘There’s quite a few things [I have learnt from Ljungberg] really. He knows me as a winger, so attacking-wise he’s helped my game a lot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Defensively, I go to someone else to help me because they’re two different styles that I have to play. Him personally, he’s pulled me to the side a lot and has shown me different techniques and ways of beating players, ways of crossing the ball and shooting.‘It’s helping me and I’m happy to have him around because he’s such a big figure in the team.’As well as helping Maitland-Niles on the training pitch, Ljungberg has also been credited with assisting Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka’s development during his role with Arsenal U23s last season.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 ArsenalSpeaking last month, Emery praised the impact Ljungberg has had on the squad, saying: ‘He knows Arsenal perfectly, the young players, he helps us every day in training, the matches and before.‘He knows the characteristics of the Premier League. I’m very happy with him. Each assistant has their work. We are together to speak with the players. We are in the dressing room, we spoke about all the situations individually. We share some moments.’Maitland-Niles has been heavily involved for Arsenal in the opening weeks of the campaign, starting six of the club’s eight Premier League matches although he faces competition at right-back from Calum Chambers and fit-again Hector Bellerin.The England U21 international defended himself from criticism of his form earlier this season by suggesting that Emery is playing him out of position after he came through Arsenal’s academy as a box-to-box midfielder.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Oct 2019 6:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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PV Sindhu Loses to 17-year-old An Se Young in 2nd Round of Denmark Open, Sai Praneeth Ousted by Momota

first_imgPV Sindhu crashed out of Denmark Open from the second round after she lost to South Korea’s 17-year-old rising An Se Young on Thursday to end yet another tournament on a disapppointing note.Sindhu, who is the reigning world champion, lost 14-21, 17-21 in a one-sided clash to Young, that lasted 40 minutes. This was Sindhu’s very first meeting with the youngster on the BWF World Tour and the Indian failed to cross the hurdle. Also joining her was Sai Praneeth, who was up against world No.1 Kento Momota and was crushed 6-21, 14-21 by the Japanese.After winning the BWF World Championships in August, this is Sindhu third straight early exit from a BWF tournament. Sindhu had lost to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round at China Open after which she was ousted by Beiwen Zhang in the first round of Korea Open.Sindhu touched the heights of World Championships under the guidance of South Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun but ever since she has left the team for personal reasons, the Indian has been found wanting.This is India’s third straight high profile exit after both Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth was dumped out from the first round on Wednesday.Young took the early initiative in the match and never let Sindhu work her way back as she led Sindhu 11-7 at break in the first game, from where she hardly let Sindhu come close before pocketing the first game 21-14.The second game started differently with Sindhu taking an 8-4 lead but from there, the South Korean won five straight points to take a 9-8 lead before Sindhu restored parity and took the initiative to take an 11-9 lead at the break.It was a cagey affair after the break but Sindhu led 16-14 before Young turned the screws and went on to win the next six straight points to bring up four match points.Sindhu managed to save just one match point before Young wrapped up the game.Earlier in the day, India’s exciting men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty went down meekly 16-21, 15-21 to Chinese pair of Han Cheng Kai and Zhou Hao Dong in just 31 minutes.While the Chinese pair took the attack to the Indians, Satwik-Chirag remained on the backfoot through and never really got a foothold in the match.Satwik failed to dominate the net and the Indians made way too many mistakes while the Chinese pair gew in confidence with each point and kept the Indians at bay.Sameer Verma was also thrashed by Chen Long in 38 minutes, losing 12-21, 10-21 to crash out. An Se YoungbadmintonChirag ShettyDenmark Open First Published: October 17, 2019, 6:34 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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