Netease Sports reported on October 2:
In the early morning of October 2,
In this game, the 23-year-old Niles started. Entering the penalty shootout, Niles took the penalty in the fourth round. As we all know, penalty kicks test the players' psychology and resistance to pressure, but Niles does not seem to take penalty kicks seriously. As he walked towards the penalty spot, his expression and movements were like a foolish stunner. When the penalty kick was real, Niles seemed to have not eaten enough and moved slowly. It was almost the same as walking downstairs after the uncle after dinner. He slowly "walked" towards the penalty spot...
Seeing Niles's performance above, almost all gun fans raised their hearts in their throats, thinking that this guy was here to make trouble. Unexpectedly, Niles was a clever man with rough but fine details. He first made a left kick and deceived the Red Army goalkeeper Adrian. Then, with a light flick of his ankle, he pushed the ball to his right and scored easily.
Niles' performance is not over yet. After the penalty kick was scored, Niles turned and ran to the center circle. At this time, he also looked back at Adrian who had not gotten up. He showed a weird smile. The two rows of white teeth were very obvious. Gun fans joked that Niles was simply "shrimp pig heart", and the "Daily Mail" revealed that Niles seemed to have communicated with Adrian before serving the penalty.
After the game, Gunners coach Arteta also specifically talked about Niles’ behavior before the penalty kick.
In fact, Niles has always been so calm when he takes a penalty kick. He is like a kid who doesn't know what to do. He takes the penalty kick very lightly. In the Community Shield game at the end of August, Niles almost scored a penalty in the same way, helping the Gunners beat Liverpool to win the championship. After that game, he was also successfully selected for the England national team for the first time.