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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AFCON 2017: Cameroon Shocks Ghana 2-0 to Reach Final

first_imgBut hopes of a Ghana come-back faded when Bassogog dashed away to clinch the second goal in the third minute of added time to seal Cameroon’s secured berth in the final. The victory sparked wild celebrations in the Lions’ den.The Black Stars, who have still never beaten Cameroon at the competition, will now go to Port-Gentil for a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso on Saturday.Just as in their quarterfinal win against DR Congo, the Ghanaians were once again without Asamoah Gyan at kick-off as their captain struggled to shake off a groin injury.In his absence, the Black Stars were second best for most of the first half and the Cameroonians were unfortunate not to be in front after a lively start to the match.Adolphe Teikeu saw his header from a Benjamin Moukandjo corner cleared off the line by Harrison Afful and Razak had to get down to save when Robert Ndip Tambe swept a Moukandjo cross towards goal.Moukandjo, the France-based captain of this inexperienced Cameroon side, also headed onto the roof of the net as the Ghanaians weathered the storm.With Andre Ayew struggling to get into the game from his position on the left flank, Avram Grant’s side made little impression going forward until five minutes before half-time.That was when Christian Atsu’s pass into the box split the Cameroonian defence and found Jordan Ayew, whose shot from a tight angle whistled just wide of Fabrice Ondoa’s far post.In a reversal of roles, Black Stars were the better team at the start of the second half with the lightning quick winger Atsu their main source of danger.When one of his runs was illegally halted outside the area, Mubarak Wakaso whipped in the resulting free-kick and Ondoa flew high to his right to turn the ball behind.The Indomitable Lions steadied themselves and got the breakthrough from a set-piece of their own, the goal Cameroon’s first in almost five hours since Ngadeu netted the winner against Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeIn what appears a repeat of the 2008 semifinal clash, Cameroon again stopped Ghana’s Black Stars from reaching the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. Indomitable Lions’ Michael Ngadeu and Christian Bassogog both scored second half goals as Cameroon won 2-0 to set up final clash with Pharaohs of Egypt in Libreville on Sunday.And so, Ghana’s trophy drought continued in the continental football show piece they last won in Libya in 1982. The defeat to the Cameroonians is Black Stars’ sixth consecutive AFCON semi-final loss. Ghana dominated the encounter but had no goal to show for the beautiful played characterized with too many misses.In the 72nd minute Black Stars’ goalkeeper, Razak Brimah, failed to deal with a free-kick into his area and John Boye’s weak defensive header merely served as an assist for Ngadeu to control and fire home for the opening goal for the hungry Lions.last_img read more

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AITEO Threatens to Quit Nigeria Football

first_imgThe statement read: “The persisting situation makes it difficult for us, as a law-abiding entity, to operate responsibly within the demands placed on us.“Accordingly, we are constrained to indicate that unless these issues are resolved satisfactorily in the manner dictated by the requirements of the world governing body FIFA within fourteen (14) days hereof, we will deem ourselves compelled to reconsider our position with respect to participation in the various arrangements in which we are involved.”The oil and gas company who called on well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in the Glass House crisis also advised that this should be done on time as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers are just around the corner.“AITEO lends its voice to that of many well-meaning Nigerians to call for the quick and decisive resolution of the current issues especially as future campaigns for glory in the African Nations Cup are imminent.“Indisputably, certainty and stability with the leadership of the NFF remain pertinent to sponsors like us to continue to commit to the growth of Nigerian football in the manner that we have done,” the statement stressed.AITEO has been sponsoring the Nigeria football since April 2017 and it played major role for Nigeria at the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Apart from the N2.5billion partnership with the NFF that takes care of the salaries and allowances of all the national teams coaches, AITEO is also the sponsor of Nigeria’s oldest competition, the Federation Cup (formerly the Challenge Cup or FA Cup). For several years the competition had no sponsor which devalued its quality.AITEO also offered $50,000 bonus for every un-replied goal scored by Super Eagles in Russia as a way to motivate the team.Meanwhile, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has refuted claims circulating on various WhatsApp platforms in the country that the crisis rocking Nigeria football administration has been amicably settled.Yesterday, there were speculations on the various platforms that the Presidency ‘has ordered the Chief Justice of the Federation to vacate all court cases (relating to the NFF)’.In a WhatsApp message sent to www.sportsvillagesquare.com, the minister responds thus: “Following recent post on different social media platforms that the Presidency has ordered the Chief Justice of the Federation to vacate all courts cases, I want to state as follow: President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled since Sunday and as at the time of filling this report he has not returned.“Also, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami is not in the country while I, the Minister of Youth and Sports is in Algiers for the African Youth Games.“In this light, the general public should not believe the unfounded stories which are expected to fly around particularly in a time like this,” observed the message from Dalung.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ​Gives NFF 14-day ultimatum to resolve NFF leadership crisisFemi SolajaOil giant, AITEO, wednesday handed down a two-week ultimatum for the leadership crisis rocking Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) be resolved, otherwise it would withdraw all its deals with the Glass House.The major sponsor of Nigeria football made this known wednesday in a statement signed by AITEO’s Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Ndiana Matthew.last_img read more

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