18 Oct

The reason Arsenal stars weren’t happy with Kieran Tierney in his early training sessions

first_imgThe reason Arsenal stars weren’t happy with Kieran Tierney in his early training sessions Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Jul 2020 11:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.2kShares Kieran Tierney has impressed under Mikel Arteta following a tough start to his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney is fast establishing himself as an indispensable member of Mikel Arteta’s resurgent Arsenal side following a turbulent start to his Gunners career. Much was expected of the Scotland international following his £25million transfer from Celtic last summer, but the 23-year-old signed when he was still recovering from a double hernia operation. Tierney made his belated debut in September but spent months on the sidelines after he dislocated his shoulder during a victory over West Ham while Freddie Ljungberg was in interim charge following the sacking of Unai Emery. Now back to full fitness, Tierney has thrived as a wing-back in Arteta’s new-look 3-5-2 formation which has yielded a significant improvement in Arsenal’s recent performances.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTierney has offered a genuine attacking threat on Arsenal’s left flank and has contributed to a much more respectable defensive record. Advertisement Arteta on Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with LeicesterTo 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 8:39FullscreenArteta on Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Leicesterhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-arsenals-1-1-draw-leicester-2206658/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.His tenacity and relish for the physical battle hasn’t always endeared him to his team-mates, however, with ESPN reporting that several Arsenal stars asked him to tone down his aggressiveness during his first training sessions with his new club. Arteta, however, is said to be a huge fan of Tierney’s attitude and commitment to the cause, while former Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole believes the player is fast becoming one of the most important members of this current Arsenal team. 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 ArsenalAsked if he had been impressed with Tierney following Tuesday’s draw against Leicester he said: ‘Yeah I have. I think one thing that Arsenal were probably lacking in the past year was a left-back that was solid, didn’t get beaten in one-versus-one situations – he don’t get beat in one-v-one situations. ‘But I also think the way he attacks and the timing of his attacking runs, it brings a different element to Arsenal and a different way to attack.‘And he’s got a great delivery on him, as we just saw earlier, a great ball in that ended up with a corner. So he’s been very good for Arsenal I think.’MORE: Jeremie Aliadiere sends warning to Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi over his attitudeMORE: Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn pours doubt over Matteo Guendouzi joining BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

6 Jan

Expanded 2022 World Cup to generate Sh30-40bn windfall

first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino supports moves to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIMIAMI, United States, Mar 12 – An expanded 48-team World Cup in 2022 would deliver a financial windfall of up to Sh40bn according to an internal feasibility study commissioned by FIFA, a source with knowledge of the document told AFP on Tuesday.The ruling council of football’s global governing body meets in Miami this week with the issue of the 2022 World Cup format in Qatar expected to dominate discussions. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is a notable supporter of increasing the size of the tournament from 32 teams to 48 teams, accelerating an expansion which was first due to take place at the 2026 tournament.A feasibility study which will be put before the council at this week’s meeting in Miami starting on Thursday, is broadly supportive of the expansion in 2022.A source with knowledge of the study told AFP an expanded tournament would boost incomes by between $300 million and $400 million (between 265 and 354 million euros), with the extra revenue driven by increased television and marketing rights and ticket sales.The World Cup is by far FIFA’s biggest source of income, with last year’s tournament in Russia earning a higher-than-forecast $6.4 billion.However a 48-team World Cup could only go ahead if games are shared with neighbouring countries, several of whom have imposed a crippling blockade of Qatar since June 2017.The source said five countries could be considered for possible World Cup games — Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.But Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE would only be candidates if their governments ended the Qatar blockade, according to an excerpt of the feasibility study.“Due to the geopolitical situation in the region and the recent blockade that Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE have imposed on Qatar, the involvement of such countries in organising a co-hosted tournament with Qatar would require the lifting of such blockade, in particular the lifting of all restrictions relating to the movement of people and goods between these countries,” the feasibility study said.“Ideally, this should be evidenced as a precondition to the appointment of such co-hosts and should cover all aspects to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”And any decision on additional host nations would need the support of Qatar, the feasibility study added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more