25 October 2019 08:32

Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles was hooked off at half-time by Unai Emery.


Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, has said Ainsley Maitland-Niles is wasting his talent at the club, after a poor display in the Europa League. Maitland-Niles was culpable for the Portuguese side's second goal, giving the ball away in the middle of the pitch in the build-up. "He looked like he was feeling sorry for himself tonight and there's no time for that from as professional footballer. "Maitland-Niles is all at sea [for the second goal], it's a laziness and a sloppiness. Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles was hooked off at half-time by Unai Emery.

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Martin Keown has told BT Sport, during their live Europa League coverage, that Ainsley Maitland-Niles's performance for Arsenal last night was so poor that he may never get another chance for Unai Emery's side. Arsenal won 3-2 against Vitoria yesterday, but Maitland-Niles was hooked off at half-time. The youngster was guilty of giving away possession for the second goal which Arsenal conceded on the night, as he failed to protect a pass into him in midfield. And Keown fears that Maitland-Niles may not get another chance at the Emirates Stadium. "He looked like he was feeling sorry for himself, there's no time for that," the former Gunners defender said.

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"Maitland-Niles is all at sea there, he should receive that ball on the back foot, but that's a laziness and sloppiness. You get a moment in time to by an Arsenal player. Arsenal are next in action against Crystal Palace at the weekend, and it now remains to be seen whether Maitland-Niles will be in the match day squad. Christopher Jullien's last-minute winner sent the Italians packing on a night when it was obvious they were not welcome in Glasgow's East End. And it was especially to be enjoyed given the circumstances which saw the Serie A side assume complete control for a while after Manuel Lazzari's opener at the end of a frantic first half only for Celtic to level against the run of play through Ryan Christie to set the stage for Jullien to exact a perfect revenge. Lennon wanted his players to treat this tie as business as usual and that certainly got through to James Forrest who set off skipping down Celtic's right wing in the opening moments.

Christie nearly took the roof off the place in the 16th minute when he let rip from distance and his blistering shot glanced the outside of Thomas Strakosha's left-hand post. Callum McGregor had only just come close with a dipping drive and when Christie tried to let fly again in increasingly frantic scenes on the edge of Lazio's box the ball appeared to cannon off an Italian arm. But play raged on and within seconds the troublesome Felipe Caicedo split open Celtic's defences with a pass into the rampaging path of Lazzari who fired straight through Forster from what seemed an improbably tight angle. On the hour they almost imploded for no reason at the back and into this confusion Edouard came charging, chasing down the ball inside Lazio's box and cleverly setting up Mohamed Elyounoussi with a flick of his heel. The Norwegian took aim and fired from the edge of the box but his shot was charged down and the ball broke to Christie who blasted it into a forest of bodies and it was scrambled to safety. Moments later one of those Lazio breaks sent Joaquin Correa through on goal. But even though the striker kept his composure as he drew Forster and stabbed a shot beyond him, it came back off the base of the right-hand post. This was the break Celtic needed.In the 67th minute they made it count when Christie equalised, curling the ball home with a first-time shot from just inside the penalty box after Edouard's disguised set-up. Celtic's defences again down the right and found himself in on top of Forster for a second time. In the dying seconds, Jullien powered onto the end of Christie's corner and planted a header in off the base of the right-hand post to send this place into a state of euphoria.