Per Mertesacker bigs up Dayot Upamecano amid Arsenal and Man Utd transfer links Comment Mertesacker is a fan of the centre-half (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)‘He showed so much and did it right: the courage of a Lucio who just goes forward, but also my solid game of simply finding the right man or withdrawing.‘If he continues like this, works on himself and remains consistent, he will generate more interest. 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‘He’s definitely one of the most exciting central defenders the world has to offer right now.‘RB certainly made the contract extension very tasty for him. It’s exciting to see where his path is going.’MORE: Arsenal sign Tottenham reject Jonathan DinzeyiMORE: Arsenal sign midfielder Tim Akinola after release from HuddersfieldFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Upamecano is a wanted man (Picture: UEFA via Getty)Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has heaped praise onto Dayot Upamecano, amid speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League. Upamecano has impressed for Red Bull Leipzig this season and will line up at the heart of the Bundesliga side’s defence against Paris Saint-Germain in their semi-final clash on Tuesday night. Their impressive run in Europe’s premier competition has made the world’s biggest clubs sit up and take note, with Manchester United and Arsenal both linked with a potential summer swoop for the 21-year-old. Mertesacker, the former Arsenal centre-half who now runs the club’s academy, has been impressed by the manner in which he’s conducted himself. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd he expects interest to only grow for ‘one of the most exciting central defenders the world has to offer right now’.‘I was very excited about the Atletico game,’ he told Goal and Dazn. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Aug 2020 3:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement
Odell Beckham Jr. wows with spectacular first catch of Browns camp Coleman’s injury came on the same day that Sterling Shepard, the Giants’ top receiver, broke his left thumb. Coach Pat Shurmur, however, isn’t too concerned about Shepard’s injury as he told reporters Friday that surgery will not be required, adding, Shepard will “be back soon.” Related News After playing two seasons with the Browns, Coleman had brief stints with the Bills and Patriots last year before signing with the Giants’ practice squad last October. He was quickly promoted to the active roster, playing eight games with one start. Throughout his NFL career, he’s had 61 catches for 789 yards and five touchdowns. Landon Collins won’t acknowledge Giants anymore: ‘No point in saying their name’ Sterling Shepard injury update: Giants’ potential No. 1 receiver breaks thumb The Giants’ wide receiver depth took a huge hit during the team’s first practice of training camp Thursday as Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2019 season, the team announced Friday. The injury is the latest setback in Coleman’s career as the first-round pick out of the 2016 draft has yet to become the dynamic player that many expected he would develop into when he entered the league. Both Coleman and Shepard’s injuries leave questions for the Giants’ depth at wide receiver after trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. New York still has veteran wideouts Golden Tate, Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler that could help fill the void.Coleman’s injury could also give rookie Darius Slayton more opportunity to play, though he has been sidelined with a hamstring injury to start training camp.