18 Oct

Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Manchester City

first_imgAdvertisement We back! 👊🥁 Introducing your lineup for tonight’s game…#MCIARS— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 17, 2020Ozil featured in Arsenal’s 3-2 friendly defeat to Brentford but it’s unclear if he made the trip up north. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe early suggestion is that the German is not injured and that he’s been left out after failing to warrant a starting spot.The former Real Madrid ace has featured in all of Arsenal’s last ten matches and he’s hopeful of seeing out his deal at the Emirates, which lasts until 2022.Ozil had looked likely to leave had Emery remained in charge as the Spaniard dropped the midfielder almost entirely from his squad.MORE: Raheem Sterling vows to bring about change through Black Lives Matter movement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 7:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link792Shares Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Manchester City Comment BURNLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Arsenal FC at Turf Moor on February 2, 2020 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil was a notable absentee as Mikel Arteta’s side arrived at the Etihad for their clash against Manchester City.The German has been a first team regular under the Spaniard since Unai Emery’s departure and the midfielder’s featured in training throughout this week.However, he was not in the squad that arrived in the north-west as Arteta made a number of changes to his side.Kieran Tierney is the most significant change as the Scot makes his first league start since December.ADVERTISEMENTBuyako Saka appears to be given a more advanced role after playing at left-back earlier on in the campaign and Alexandre Lacazette is on the bench in favour of Eddie Nketiah. Advertisementlast_img read more

21 Sep

Defoe hits hat-trick as Spurs win

first_imgGareth Bale was again missing as Jermain Defoe grabbed a hat-trick in Tottenham’s comfortable Barclays Asia Trophy win over South China in Hong Kong. Bale’s future has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent days, with Real Madrid obviously keen to sign the Wales star. But his absence had been predicted as Andre Villas-Boas confirmed on Friday Bale was still struggling to shake off a buttock injury. In his absence, Tottenham cruised home on a pitch that looked more like an aquatics centre at times. Manchester United have to play here on Monday, although at least there was no rain as the Red Devils coaching staff, including David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, saw Defoe profit from some woeful defending, Tottenham also netting through a Tse Sean Ka Keung own goal, a close-range effort from Clint Dempsey and Andros Townsend’s late strike. Prior to Saturday, this has not been the greatest of trips for Tottenham. What with the speculation over Bale’s future, the injury to Jan Vertonghen and concerns over the pitch so great Andre Villas-Boas would have been happy for the game to be called off, Spurs will probably be glad to get on the plane home. They left with a flourish though, completely outclassing a South China outfit who had run Manchester City close on Wednesday. By half-time, Tottenham had three goals and could well have scored twice as many. Clint Dempsey fired over after being sent clean through by Scott Parker, Defoe hit a post and also had a close-range effort saved by Zhang Chunhui. In addition, referee Neil Swarbrick inexplicably failed to award a penalty when Kyle Walker was blatantly taken out by Joel Bertoli Padiha. It meant Tottenham had to settle for just three, the first of which came when Tse Sean Ka Keung turned Danny Rose’s shot into his own net. Dempsey then tucked home Defoe’s cut-back before the England striker got one himself after Kyle Walker’s long-range free-kick was deflected into his path. Defoe probably scored the easiest goal of his entire career 10 minutes after the re-start when Zhang rolled an attempted clearance straight to him. With a gaping goal to aim at, Defoe was not likely to miss. And his hat-trick duly arrived when the South China defence disintegrated once more and Andros Townsend completed the rout late on. Press Associationlast_img read more