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
The items were now under the custody ofPolice Station 1 for proper disposition. BACOLOD City – A security guard turnedover 18 sachets of suspected marijuana to the police in Barangay 13. Security guard Jeyron Magbanua turns over sachets of suspected marijuana to Police station 1 of Bacolod City on Jan. 21. POLICE STATION 1/ BPO The 29-year-old mall security guardJeyron Magbanua found an abandoned bag containing the suspected illegal drugs valuedat around P56,000 near the parking lotof SM mall around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. Police investigators have yet toidentify the owner of the bag as of this writing./PN
Steven Taylor thinks Newcastle will lose again on Sunday if they do not tame the “beast” that is Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. Sloppy defending allowed United to bag all three points, much to Taylor’s dismay. The Newcastle defender felt his team-mates were too much in awe of the stellar cast of players on show for United. “We made it far too easy for them. We showed them too much respect,” Taylor said. “We should have been right in their faces and put a few tackles in during the first five or 10 minutes like we did against Chelsea. “We need to put pressure on the opposition. We need to test them out. “If you give them that much respect, anyone can look good and we made them look good.” A repeat performance against Everton, could prove costly, according to Taylor. The Toffees suffered a shock home defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day, but the Toon centre-back is wary of the talented players Roberto Martinez has at his disposal – chief among them Lukaku. The pressure is back on Alan Pardew after his team stretched their losing streak to four matches in all competitions with a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Boxing Day. Ayoze Perez and Daryl Janmaat had chances to score for the Magpies and the visitors were unlucky not to be given a penalty in the first half when Juan Mata tripped Yoan Gouffran. “He is an absolute beast – a top player,” Taylor said of the big Belgian. “And they have players like (Ross) Barkley, another top player. “They have good players left, right and centre that will hurt you if you give them time on the ball, so it’s up to us to stand up and put our head in the way.” Midfielder Cheick Tiote returns from suspension for the clash. Goalkeepers Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh) are out and there are doubts over midfielders Mehdi Abeid (toe) and Siem de Jong (thigh), who missed the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United. Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (thigh) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the way his side now react to suffering their first back-to-back Barclays Premier League losses this season will be vital to how their campaign pans out overall. After being beaten 3-0 at Southampton last Saturday and then 1-0 at home by Stoke on Boxing Day, the Toffees – who came fifth last term and had been targeting the Champions League places this time around – are 12th in the table, 11 points off the top four. They have only won one of their last six league games, with four of those ending in defeat, and struggled to create much going forward in what was a physical encounter with the Potters. And ahead of the trip to St James’ Park, the Spaniard said: “I don’t think in general we are lacking confidence, but I think this is a moment of the season that is pivotal for us – seeing how we can react. “The reaction now has to be that we make sure we know what we are doing. “We have a real understanding of how to perform and if we can keep that, the results will come. “But football gives you these sorts of challenges, and this is the challenge of the season. “We need to make sure we get through this period stronger than ever, and that could really give us a very strong second half of the season.” Goalkeeper Tim Howard and skipper Phil Jagielka were forced off at half-time due to calf and ankle problems respectively and look likely to miss the Newcastle game. Additionally, Jagielka’s fellow centre-back John Stones and winger Kevin Mirallas are doubtful due to knocks they picked up in the Boxing Day match. The fixture also saw forward Steven Naismith receive a fifth Premier League booking of the season, meaning he will be suspended for Sunday’s encounter. Press Association
Peter Creedon’s men will get their league campaign underway this Sunday in their opening game in Division 3. They’ll travel to the Athletic Grounds to take on Armagh and Brian Lacey says the Tipp Seniors have the ability to defeat their Northern opponents. He said: “Kieran McGeeney’s teams are built around a defensive system and they’re very strong and aggressive and physical. But I think that’s one area where Tipperary could exploit them. “I don’t think they [Armagh] have the forwards up front to put up huge scores against a team whereas Tipperary does have a lot of natural forwards.“If they can get a run at all against Armagh, Tipp have the scoring forwards to actually put up a good score and come out with a victory up there.”Throw-in is at 2 o’clock on Sunday and Tipp FM will bring you full live coverage in association with Supermacs.