18 Oct

Mikel Arteta sets challenge for record Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Feb 2020 10:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Advertisement Arsenal v Newcastle: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:14FullscreenArsenal v Newcastle: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-newcastle-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2110832/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Afterwards he needs to have a much clearer picture of the things that are happening on the pitch, why they are happening and how he can solve them. I think he’s in the process of doing that.‘He hasn’t played 12 or 15 games in a row, which is a massive thing for a player in those positions which are more difficult on the pitch to make an impact in games, he needs to earn that with his performances.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 Arsenal‘He was in France and was one of the biggest stars in the league. He made an incredible year.‘He comes here and a lot of people didn’t even know him and you paid that price tag. So for him to put his brain into this picture and solve all this is not easy. And he’s a really young player.’MORE: Arsenal set asking price for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Inter Milan prepare transfer swoopMORE: Ian Wright slams ‘delusional’ Unai Emery in lengthy rant over Arsenal comments Arsenal are yet to see the best of their record signing Nicolas Pepe on a regular basis (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal fans won’t see the best of Nicolas Pepe until he can cement a regular place in his side, but insists the club’s record signing must earn the right to be considered an automatic starter.Much was expected of the Ivory Coast international when the supposedly cash-strapped Gunners shelled out £72million sign one of European football’s most highly rated wingers from Lille.Pepe struggled to win the trust of Unai Emery, who reportedly wanted to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha instead, but has been a near constant presence in the Arsenal forward line since Arteta’s appointment.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite some promising moments, particularly in the New Year’s Day win over Manchester United, the goals and assists have been few and far between but Arteta is confident the 24-year-old will come good.ADVERTISEMENTSpeaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Newcastle, Arteta said: ‘First of all he needs the right structure behind him to be able to provide the moments of quality and winning games, whether it’s assists, goals, dribbles or whatever it is. Mikel Arteta sets challenge for record Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepelast_img read more

26 Aug

MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper not considering short-term deals

first_imgLast week, it was reported that the Giants were very interested in offering Harper a lucrative deal, but it would only be short-term. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi recently confirmed the team met with Harper and that there was interest on both sides, but if they aren’t offering a Giancarlo Stanton-type deal, Harper likely will turn them down. Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million contract from the Nationals in September, meaning he wants something bigger. Harper, 26, had a career-low .249 batting average last season, but hit .300 in the second half. The 2018 Home Run Derby winner also had 34 home runs and 100 RBIs.He has spent all seven of his MLB seasons with the Nats. Pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training this week and the remaining MLB players will report by next week, but Bryce Harper is still a free agent.He’s received a lot of attention from prospective teams, but if any of those teams only have short-term deals to offer, Harper isn’t interested, according to MLB Network. Related News MLB hot stove: Justin Verlander says system is ‘broken’ as 100 free agents remain unsignedlast_img read more

14 Aug

Patrick Mahomes’ girlfriend Brittany Matthews says she was harassed by Patriots fans

first_imgPatrick Mahomes’ girlfriend said she was harassed by opposing fans from the start of Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Patriots at Gillette Stadium.Brittany Matthews, who attended the game with Mahomes’ younger brother Jackson, posted to her Twitter and Instagram pages multiple times throughout the AFC showdown. She says stadium security had to move her to a “safe place” because of the hostile treatment from New England supporters and noted that security caught the harassment on camera. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Patriots fans are rude as hell!!— Jackson Mahomes (@jacksonmahomes) December 8, 2019Brittany is on a Twitter/ig rampage🤣— Jackson Mahomes (@jacksonmahomes) December 8, 2019Matthews and Mahomes ended up getting the last laugh, as the Chiefs defeated the Patriots by a final score of 23-16. Patrick went 26-of-40 for 283 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception to help Kansas City clinch the AFC West title.After the victory, Matthew celebrated on the field with Jackson and in a stadium hallway with Patrick. VICTORYYYY MONDAY 🔥🎉 #chiefskingdomA post shared by Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne) on Dec 9, 2019 at 10:46am PST Everyone was sleeping on us, so we had to wake em up👏🏼💯 #chiefskingdomA post shared by Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne) on Dec 8, 2019 at 5:38pm PST MORE: Three takeaways from Chiefs’ win over PatriotsAs soon as we sit down, drunk dude “hey everyone this is patrick mahomes girl and brother, let’s give them shit”This shall be fun 🙄— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) December 8, 2019This place is horrible, people already yelling every time I stand up, am I not aloud to stand up for football game?😲🤔— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) December 8, 2019I was told if I stand they will call security and kick us out, can’t stand for your team? Some fans y’all are 😂🤔— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) December 8, 2019Gillette security came and got us and moved us to a safe place 🙌🏼 that’s how you know it was bad🤔🤔— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) December 8, 2019Jackson backed up Matthews on his own Twitter feed, calling Patriots fans in attendance “rude as hell.”last_img read more

13 Aug

City lose, Sanchez off? Premier League talking points

first_imgArsenal will miss SanchezArsene Wenger’s team, missing wantaway forward Sanchez and the injured Mesut Ozil, slipped to a miserable defeat at Bournemouth on England’s south coast and now sit eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. The match marked another blank for Alexandre Lacazette, who has not found the net since early December. Arsenal have lost the past three Premier League games that Sanchez has not played any part in. He’s going to be tough to replace.Morata woe adds to Conte problemsFaced with obdurate opposition desperately clinging on with 10 men, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte looked to Alvaro Morata to show why he spent a club record £58 million ($80 million) to sign him from Real Madrid last year — but, not for the first time, the Spain striker’s response was underwhelming. With Leicester vulnerable following Ben Chilwell’s dismissal in the second half at Stamford Bridge, it was the perfect moment for Morata to silence the critics beginning to question whether he is an adequate replacement for Diego Costa. Yet he didn’t get even a sniff of a chance, once again looking far too diffident a personality to thrive in the frenetic Premier League. Conte remains supportive, but with only three goals in his past 14 appearances — and none in his past five — Morata needs to impose himself far more aggressively to salvage a difficult season for himself and his team.Record-breaking KaneKane’s two strikes against Everton took him past Teddy Sheringham as Tottenham’s record goalscorer in the Premier League era with 98 goals. Mauricio Pochettino needs his star man to keep delivering but is aware that every time he scores, his stock rises among the big beasts of European football. Pochettino joked that despite his feats, it’s impossible for Kane to break records every week — he is still some way off Jimmy Greaves’s all-time Spurs record of 220 league goals. Kane is pivotal to Pochettino’s team and future title hopes but will struggling Real Madrid — linked with a move for the England man — be tempted to swoop both for Kane and his manager in a move that will test chairman Daniel Levy’s negotiating skills to the limit?Newcastle’s reality checkNewcastle fans hoping for a fresh injection of talent at St James’s Park during the January transfer window have been told to keep their expectations in check by manager Rafael Benitez. A 1-1 draw at home to bottom-of-the-table Swansea left the Magpies dangerously close to the relegation zone. The northeast club’s perilous position may well have helped stall a proposed takeover. Benitez summed up Newcastle’s dilemma following Joselu’s equaliser. “The new world of football is very expensive,” he said. “Could Joselu score more goals? Yes. But if he did he would probably cost £25 million.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City saw their long unbeaten run in the Premier League brought to a shuddering halt at the weekend as Liverpool shrugged off the departure of Philippe Coutinho to claim a dramatic 4-3 victory.A disjointed Arsenal slipped to a 2-1 defeat at struggling Bournemouth, with Arsene Wenger’s misery compounded by the near-certain departure of Alexis Sanchez.Elsewhere, Chelsea were held by 10-man Leicester while Harry Kane scored twice in a 4-0 win for Tottenham and Alan Pardew got his first Premier League victory with West Brom.Here are five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend:City beaten but unbowedWhen Manchester City survived a late Crystal Palace penalty to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact on the last day of 2017, it appeared the gods were smiling on them but their luck finally ran out on Sunday at Anfield. Pep Guardiola, whose side have a 15-point lead at the top of the table, said the result showed the Premier League title race is not over but it’s tough to foresee a collapse. For their part, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool showed there is life after Coutinho, with their forwards firing spectacularly. “In every press conference for the last few months you have said that the Premier League is done and I always said ‘no, it is still to be done’,” insisted Guardiola.last_img read more