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

21 Sep

Mackay tips Campbell for England

first_img “When the goals went in it was something quite incredible,” he said. “The stadium, the team, the staff and the fans did us proud in front of a worldwide audience. “The passion the people have got for this showed when the goals went in. “It is something that is going to be massively important for us going forward. They are our 12th man.” Despite conceding two goals at set-pieces, Pellegrini refused to single out any of his defenders or keeper Joe Hart, who hesitated when deciding whether to come for the ball for the first of Campbell’s brace. He said: “I have not seen them yet, but defending set-pieces is the duty of all the team. Not just the goalkeepers and the defenders. “It does not matter who is guilty with the two corners, conceding from two corners is too much, it is too important an area. “When we scored the first goal I thought it would be easier for us as we were playing a team defending with 10 players inside their box. “It was very difficult for us and I think while we did not do a very good match we did not play badly. “We had the patience to try and score, we did it but it was a pity with the two corners.” Few had given the Welsh club a chance of pulling off an upset in their first Barclays Premier League home game, and they fell behind to Edin Dzeko’s stunning strike early in the second half. But they hit back as Aron Gunnarsson tapped in from close range before Campbell lost Pablo Zabaleta twice from corners to head home and spark scenes of delirium at Cardiff City Stadium. Malky Mackay backed Fraizer Campbell to force his way into the England squad after the striker grabbed two goals in Cardiff’s stunning 3-2 win over Manchester City. Alvaro Negredo got a goal back for City in stoppage time, and spurned a last-gasp chance for an equaliser, but it was not enough as manager Maneul Pellegrini was given a rude awakening after their handsome opening win over Newcastle. Campbell’s career has been heavily affected by injuries since making his breakthrough at Manchester United, but his pace constantly troubled Joleon Lescott and his stand-in defensive partner Javi Garcia. His manager believes performances of this quality mean he could soon be adding to his solitary England cap. Mackay said: “I thought Fraizer Campbell gave their whole back four problems today. “He is someone I was delighted to get when we managed to get him in from Sunderland for £600,000. I thought it was an incredible bit of business on our behalf and he hit the ground running. “He needed to get fit and he needed to get sharper and he needed to regain belief in his own ability and that is what we gave him. “He worked hard over the summer and I now think I have a player there who has had an England cap and, over the piece, I think could force his way back into that squad if he keeps his head down and keeps working and playing like that against top, top players.” Mackay also praised the raucous support his side received from the 27,000-strong crowd as they claimed one of the most famous wins in the club’s history. Press Associationlast_img read more