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

20 Sep

2018 High School Baseball/Softball Preview: Hancock County teams primed for big seasons

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles aren’t the only ones gearing up for baseball and softball season. All across the county, teams are ready to take the field and put the seemingly endless winter behind them.After seven of the 10 teams in the rest of Hancock County made playoff appearances last year, 2018 is shaping to be another exciting year on the diamond. The Ellsworth American takes a look at each squad and its prospects for the upcoming year.Bucksport Golden BucksThe Bucksport baseball team came agonizingly close to one of the state tournament’s biggest upsets last year when it lost 6-5 to eventual state champion Orono in the Class C North quarterfinals. The Golden Bucks return quite a bit of production from that squad in their quest to make it even further this time around.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll but one starter returns for the Golden Bucks this season. With Chase Carmichael leading the way on the mound and Tyson Gray, Tanner Stegner, Jacob Ames and more returning to the lineup, Bucksport has the chance to be even better than it was a year ago.Mike Carrier’s Bucksport softball team claimed the state title for the eighth time in school history in June with a 20-0 season. A big reason for the team’s success was pitcher Kate Saunders, who has dominated opponents and lost just one game over the past two years.Saunders will be back on the mound for her senior year in 2018, and Brittney Dewitt, Darian Jellison, Mikayla Tripp and Maggie Bires will be back as well. A fundamentally strong team at the plate and in the field, Bucksport has the tools to compete for — and win — another state title.“They’re always a well-rounded team, and you have to fight them all the way,” Mount Desert Island head coach Jamey Lewis said. “They do all the little things well.”Mount Desert Island TrojansAndy Pooler’s first season as head coach of the MDI baseball team saw the team get better with each passing game. The Trojans started off slowly but turned their season around down the stretch as they won eight games in a row from May 13-31.Mount Desert Island’s Stanley Grierson dives for a ground ball during a high school baseball exhibition game against Orono on April 11 in Bar Harbor. The Trojans won the game 5-3. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOMDI must replace 2017 ace Seth Clark on the mound and leading hitter Drew Shea at the plate. Yet with Matt Perconti heading the pitching staff and more than half of the team’s starters returning, the Trojans have a chance to continue their progression in Pooler’s second year at the helm.“We have the benefit of having a lot of kids this year,” Pooler said. “Even when you consider what we’ve lost, I think it’s a deep team with a lot of quality players.”Across the parking lot in Bar Harbor, head coach Jamey Lewis leads a young MDI softball team. Maddie Thornton is the only senior on a 14-player roster that’s loaded with sophomores and juniors.Despite their youth, the Trojans have already shown plenty of promise in the preseason. In an exhibition game against Bucksport last Thursday, MDI took the game to the wire before falling to a 5-3 defeat.“We hit the ball really well and fought a good team the whole way,” Lewis said. “I was really happy with our performance.”George Stevens Academy EaglesGeorge Stevens Academy started the season 8-0 last year and eventually claimed the top seed in the Class C North with a 13-3 record. Yet the Eagles’ season ended in the regional quarterfinals when they fell 3-2 at home to Fort Kent.GSA rarely lit up scoreboards last season, but neither did its opponents. Although the Eagles must replace leading pitchers Beckett Slayton, Jake Keenan and the track-team bound Taylor Schildroth from last year’s squad, Stefan Simmons will be back on the mound.At the plate, GSA will return Simmons, Marshal Lebel, Tyler McKenney and Ben Parker. With a Maine Baseball Hall of Fame head coach in Dan Kane, the Eagles could be a tough out once again in Class C.Sumner TigersSumner’s Lauren Hanna throws a pitch during a game against George Stevens Academy last season in Blue Hill. Hanna is a returning starter for the Tigers this season. FILE PHOTOSumner’s baseball team won a playoff game for the first time in 13 years last year when it defeated Central 2-0 in the Class C North prelims. It was a rewarding win for the Tigers, who had lost six games by three or fewer runs in the regular season.Sumner must replace Issiac Christiansen and Jacob Shorey but will return Kollin McLean and William Colson. The team has a new coach, Dana Smith, who takes over for Kyle Joy.In softball, Sumner brings back Lauren Hanna on the mound and a slew of other key players in the field and at the plate. The Tigers missed out on the last Class C North playoff position by one spot last season with a 3-13 record.Deer Isle-Stonington MarinersAfter a tough start to the year, the Deer Isle-Stonington baseball team won five of its final seven games to make the playoffs as the No. 10 seed in Class D North. The Mariners also came close to a spot in the quarterfinals, falling to Southern Aroostook 9-8 in the prelims to finish the year 7-10.Class C/D All-Star Ethan Shepard won’t be back for the Mariners after graduating last June, but key hitters Tyson Rice and Nathan Winchester and pitcher Silas Bates all return. The team is seeking back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2012 and 2013.On the softball diamond, Deer Isle-Stonington’s 7-9 record in 2017 saw it finish one spot short of the final Class D North playoff position. It was nonetheless a very eventful year for the Mariners, who beat Bangor Christian in a 30-29 thriller to open the season and won their final four games to finish it.With only one player from last year’s team having graduated, the Mariners should be primed to make even more noise in 2018. Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

17 Sep

Syracuse’s season comes to close with semifinal loss to Mercyhurst

first_imgAs Syracuse continued its fight against Mercyhurst, the opportunity to push the game into overtime slowly slipped away.The task in the final sixty seconds of play was clear for Syracuse — get one goal to keep its season alive.But as the Orange launched shot after shot toward Mercyhurst goalie Amanda Makela in the final minute, SU couldn’t convert and its season came to an end.“It was a back-and-forth, high-tempo game,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “We had a couple big shots that we missed in the final seconds. It was literally a game of inches.”The Orange (20-14-3, 9-8-3 College Hockey America) lost 2-1 to the No. 8 Lakers (23-7-4, 15-3-2) in the CHA semifinals in Erie, Pa. It marked the end of a 20-win season for a team that has failed to record a win against Mercyhurst in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse fell into a hole early in the game when Kaleigh Chippy soared a shot past Jenesica Drinkwater in the second period to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead.But the Orange was resilient late in the second period. With a one-goal deficit looming large, Allie LaCombe continued her consistency on offense for SU. She delivered the game-tying goal with three minutes left in the frame to keep Syracuse in the game.“She came off the boards and just fired it through that net,” Flanagan said. “She had a well-placed shot on net. It was a huge goal that tied up the game.”But as it turned out, LaCombe scored the last goal of SU’s season. Chippy scored her second goal of the game for Mercyhurst that propelled the Lakers out in front. The Orange was unable to manufacture any late-game heroics against a conference foe that has been impossible to one-up in recent years. Flanagan said that power plays, an Achilles’ heel for Syracuse all season, were a problem again today.“My kids have a lot to be proud of. We played tough against a tough team but I give them a ton of credit, they pulled it out,” he said. “They converted on some power plays and that was the difference.”After the game, Flanagan reflected on how this team would find its place in program history. He was appreciative of his team’s resilience and the camaraderie his players built with one another. While the end goal of a CHA championship didn’t come to fruition, Flanagan believes the program is in a great position because of this year’s team.“The senior class have provided a tremendous amount of stability to this program,” he said. “They are the first big class where people stayed from the start. “The stability has filtered down to the rest of the team, and has created a great culture. And I give them a ton of credit.” Comments Published on March 7, 2014 at 10:50 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more