Unai Emery’s ‘horrible’ Mesut Ozil dilemma perfectly summed up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link973Shares Unai Emery’s ‘horrible’ Mesut Ozil dilemma perfectly summed up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny Wojciech Szczesny won the FA Cup twice as a teammate of Mesut Ozil’s (Picture: Getty)center_img Gervinho wasn’t in the top 400 players Wojciech Szczesny has been a teammate of (Picture: Getty)‘You watch a match on TV & you’re like, ‘how has he seen that? I haven’t & I’ve got the whole screen on TV.’The Poland international was less charitable when it came to assessing some of his other former Arsenal teammates including the likes of Alex Hleb and Gervinho, who he claims failed at the north London club for differing reasons.‘[He] thought he would be in the top 40 I played with?! Add one more 0,’ Szczesny said of the erratic Ivory Coast winger, before claiming Hleb ‘could have achieved more in football. He still made a great career but he liked to drink.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Mesut Ozil has featured more prominently for Arsenal in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny fears Mesut Ozil will never be able to provide Unai Emery with the consistency he craves.The 30-year-old has struggled to win over the former Sevilla manager who has steadfastly refused to afford him the same privileges he enjoyed under the reign of Arsene Wenger.Ozil has been left out of several matches for tactical reasons and his regular illnesses frustrated Emery who has relented in recent weeks and started the former Real Madrid playmaker in crucial games against Manchester United, as well as the Europa League comeback win over Rennes earlier this week.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 CitySzczesny played with Ozil for the two seasons which immediately followed his then club record move Real before he was loaned out to Roma and subsequent transfer to Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSumming up the frustration Emery faces in Ozil, Sczesny said: ‘Seven times he’s brilliant, two times he’s horrible.‘He can’t stabilise his form in the Premier League and I really cant tell why. He has unbelievable vision. Advertisementlast_img read more

Maurizio Sarri outlines Premier League title ambitions with Chelsea amid sacking rumours

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Maurizio Sarri outlines Premier League title ambitions with Chelsea amid sacking rumours Advertisementcenter_img Maurizio Sarri believes he could turn Chelsea into title contenders if given enough time (Getty Images)Maurizio Sarri is confident that he could turn Chelsea into Premier League title contenders within two years if he is allowed to continue his job at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.Since the turn of the year, there has been constant speculation over the Italian’s future, particularly after he presided over 4-0 and 6-0 defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City respectively in successive away games.Despite enjoying a positive start at Chelsea, Sarri’s tactics and style of play have been openly criticised by the club’s supporters and reports on Thursday claimed that he and his staff are already convinced that they will be sacked.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Sarri, who signed a three-year contract with the club last summer, insists that he wants to stay and attempt to close the gap on this season’s runaway leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘The Premier League is wonderful and I want to remain in the Premier League. I want to remain at Chelsea, because the level is very, very high,’ Sarri said.‘The atmosphere in the stadiums is really fantastic. And so it’s a wonderful championship. I’d like to remain here. I am sure that, in two seasons, we will be able to close to them [Liverpool and Manchester City].‘But I am not sure that, in two seasons, we will be able to be better than them. When I arrived in Naples, Napoli were, in the table the season before, 24 points from Juventus.‘In the first season we arrived to nine points from Juventus, second season to six points, third season to four points. For us it was impossible to cover completely the gap, but at the end of the third season, we were very close to doing it.’Chelsea face a fight to finish in the top-four this season amid competition from Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United, although they are through to the Europa League semi-finals where they will face Eintracht Frankfurt.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link501Shareslast_img read more

Raul Sanllehi salvaged Arsenal’s move for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney after deal looked dead

first_imgAdvertisement Raul Sanllehi salvaged Arsenal’s move for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney after deal looked dead Raul Sanllehi got the deal over the line (Picture: Getty Images)Tierney is set to complete his medical at the Emirates on Thursday ahead of completing the £25m move agreed between Sanllehi and Lawwell.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe transfer is yet to be confirmed and the Scot has suffered numerous injuries in recent seasons, which will keep Gunners fans sweating, but the club still expects the move to go through.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 CityThe 22-year-old looks set to be one of two new defenders for Arsenal on transfer deadline day, with David Luiz also arriving at the club.Unlike for Tierney, there was no build up at all to a deal for the Brazilian, with the centre-back becoming available on Wednesday and an £8m likely to go through on the final day of the window.That is likely to complete the signings that the Gunners make this summer, although there is still the possibility of out-goings, with Shkodran Mustafi available for transfer and Everton pursuing an interest in Alex Iwobi after having an initial bid of £30m turned down.Sanllehi has largely been credited for an unexpectedly successful summer in the transfer market after initial reports suggested the Gunners would struggle to make signings due to a severely limited budget.However, Luiz and Tierney will be added to the deals already done for Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba.MORE: Arsenal pass up chance to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona after new offerMORE: Arsenal taking the ‘lazy option’ with ‘woeful’ David Luiz signing, says Stan Collymore Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Aug 2019 1:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement The Kieran Tierney deal is finally going to be completed (Picture: Getty Images)Kieran Tierney’s imminent move from Celtic to Arsenal was rescued by the Gunners’ head of football at the eleventh hour with just one phone call.The Scotland international has been linked with a move to the Emirates for years and there has been much haggling between the clubs over his value this summer.After multiple bids were rejected by the Scottish champions it looked like a deal was dead, before Raul Sanllehi stepped in on Wednesday, just 24 hours before transfer deadline day.The BBC’s David Ornstein reported: ‘Contact re-established this [Wednesday] morning via Raul Sanllehi call to [Celtic chief executive] Peter Lawwell & deal swiftly concluded.’ADVERTISEMENT Commentlast_img read more

Charlie Nicholas dismisses Chelsea’s top-four hopes and predicts ‘pain and suffering’ for Frank Lampard

first_imgCharlie Nicholas dismisses Chelsea’s top-four hopes and predicts ‘pain and suffering’ for Frank Lampard Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 16 Aug 2019 11:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link658Shares Comment Lampard speaks to the press after losing 4-0 to Man UtdTo 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 5:14FullscreenLampard speaks to the press after losing 4-0 to Man Utdhttps://metro.co.uk/video/lampard-speaks-press-losing-4-0-man-utd-1983978/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.‘It has been a change of circumstances at Leicester and massively so at Chelsea.‘This weekend is about Lampard getting his team over the line. It is going to be a rollercoaster ride of a season and they will not make the top four.‘I am going to go for a surprise score in this one, 2-1 to Leicester. This is not a negative throw towards Lampard, I wish him well.‘This team will just take time to truly understand what they are, and they will be more exposed at home than away from home in my opinion.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Frank Lampard has been told to expect ‘pain and suffering’ at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas has dismissed Chelsea’s top-four hopes and predicted ‘pain and suffering’ for manager Frank Lampard.Blues legend Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge this summer after leaving his role at Derby County.Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester United in Lampard’s first Premier League match in charge and Nicholas feels the Blues will also be beaten by Leicester City on Sunday.‘I see pain and suffering for Chelsea,’ the Gunners great told Sky Sports.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘Frank Lampard is playing youth team players at Old Trafford because he is left with no other scenario, but his anger at not being able to drag people off the treatment room is a reflection of where Chelsea are but also where Leicester are.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Brendan Rodgers will play pass and move, pass and move, but this is different, this is Leicester.‘He has lost Harry Maguire, which was a great deal for Leicester. Is he going to change from what we saw at the latter end of last season? Yes he will, but it will take time.‘Ross Barkley will struggle here, because Leicester keep the ball well and move it, so he will see less of the ball to make things happen.last_img read more

Unai Emery details Matteo Guendouzi’s transformation at Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Guendouzi has stood out for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)‘But also, we were working with him on some details we needed to improve with him – his food, his body, how we can work to make it stronger, his arms, his body, his legs.‘This year, I think he’s taken one step ahead, improving and also giving us one level more in his performances.‘We want to continue with him, working in each training session and in each match.‘For him and for us it’s a big challenge to take that step ahead.‘For other young players, his spirit, his progress, his development is a good example, for (Joe) Willock, for Emile Smith Rowe, for Reiss Nelson. It’s a very good example for everybody.’MORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up about unhappiness at Arsenal before Roma moveMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarryTuesday 10 Sep 2019 6:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Unai Emery details Matteo Guendouzi’s transformation at Arsenalcenter_img Emery plucked Guendouzi from Ligue 2 (Picture: Getty)‘He started last year, at the beginning, with some doubts about his adaptation after he came from Lorient in the second division in France.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was very young, but his ambition and his wish to adapt very quickly, as well as his quality, were very good for us.‘He started playing and training with us, and after, his progress and development during the season was amazing.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 Guendouzi was called up to France’s national side this month (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has heaped praise on Matteo Guendouzi and regards the midfielder as the example to follow for Arsenal’s young stars.Guendouzi has made an excellent start to his second season with Arsenal and earned his first call-up to the France national squad this month.The 20-year-old joined Arsenal from Ligue 2 last summer and Emery detailed how Guendouzi underwent his impressive transformation in the last 12 months.‘Matteo is a very good example for how we can develop our young players, with new young players or the spirit within the players who are here now,’ Emery told the club website.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho managing Tottenham is ‘great news’ for Premier League, says Robert Pires

first_img Comment Jose Mourinho managing Tottenham is ‘great news’ for Premier League, says Robert Pires Jose Mourinho got off to a winning start as Tottenham manager at West Ham (Picture: Getty)Robert Pires admits he’s ‘very sad’ that Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham but says Jose Mourinho’s appointment is ‘great news’ for the Premier League.Mourinho enjoyed a winning start in his new job as Spurs survived a second-half fightback from West Ham to come away 3-2 victors from the London Stadium on Saturday.It was Tottenham’s first league win on the road since January and the north London outfit now sit in tenth place, level on points (19) with Mourinho’s former club Manchester United.Pochettino oversaw a dismal run of form at the start of Spurs’ season, but Pires has no doubts that the Argentine remains a top manager.ADVERTISEMENT Jose Mourinho pre- Olympiacos 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 27:59FullscreenJose Mourinho pre- Olympiacos press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/jose-mourinho-pre-olympiacos-press-conference-2056346/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.However, the former Arsenal winger believes Mourinho’s return to Premier League football can only be good for the English game.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think it’s great news for football generally, and of course for the Premier League,’ the Frenchman told Omnisport. ‘Everyone knows that Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world‘He won lots of titles: Spain, Italy, and of course in the UK. In the UK, we know there is competition between Spurs and Gunners, but this is football and I’m very sad for Mauricio Pochettino. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Nov 2019 4:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link567Shares Pochettino only managed three league wins as Spurs boss this term (Picture: Getty)Mourinho is set to come up against two former clubs in Manchester United and Chelsea in December and Roy Keane believes the Portuguese will show his ‘nasty side’ if Spurs begin to drop points.The ex-United captain told Sky Sports: ‘Mourinho will love playing Chelsea and will love going back to Old Trafford in a couple of weeks.‘His ego will be really big. He’ll be strong with his ego because that’s what he’ll be looking forward to.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‘That’s what he’s in the game for, he’s a big character, his CV is amazing.‘We have to respect that, it’s good to see him back and hopefully there’s some fireworks on the touchline.‘We’ve seen it today, he was dead nice to everybody. I hope he’s not too nice, we need to see that nasty side. I’m sure we will when he starts dropping points.’Were Spurs right to swap Poch with Mourinho?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Jose Mourinho reveals conversation with Mauricio Pochettino’s son after taking over at Tottenhamcenter_img Pires is ‘very sad’ for former Spurs manager Pochettino (Picture: Getty)‘He is a great manager, only six months ago he got to the final of the Champions League.‘Unfortunately for him he lost against Liverpool and now he is sacked.‘So footballers or even the manager, things are tough.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel Martinelli

first_img Tom OlverWednesday 5 Feb 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.2kShares Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel Martinelli Advertisement Comment Advertisementcenter_img Martinelli’s form has caught the attention of football icon Ronaldinho (Picture: Getty)Brazil great Ronaldinho has tipped Martinelli for big things in the future and compared the forward to his legendary former team-mate Ronaldo.‘We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,’ he told The Mirror last month.‘He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: “who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?”‘He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.‘He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.’MORE: Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabriel Martinelli is enjoying a phenomenal breakthrough season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Pablo Mari has backed Arsenal wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli to go on and ‘become a top player’ if he keeps working hard and makes the most of his ‘incredible talent’.Martinelli, 18, has burst onto the scene this season, scoring ten goals in 21 appearances, and his solo wonder strike away to arch-rivals Chelsea last month will long live in the memory of Arsenal fans.The youngster’s outstanding form has even caught the eye of the Brazil national team who are considering offering him a place in their squad for the 2020 Olympics.Mari knows Brazilian football well after a short spell with Flamengo and the defender had been admiring Martinelli’s performances from afar before his January move to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Burnley 0-0 Arsenal: 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 4:10FullscreenBurnley 0-0 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/burnley-0-0-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2102370/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.The Spaniard believes Martinelli is a unique talent but has urged the teenager to keep his feet on the ground and not look too far into the future.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Martinelli has shown he is a bit different to any other player in terms of his ability,’ Mari told Arsenal’s official website.‘He has great vision and there’s real talent there in terms of his dribbling and his ability to choose the right play.‘His decision-making is improving all the time.‘Martinelli still has a lot more to show but he has incredible talent and I think gradually he’ll keep developing and become a top player.’ Mari has tipped Martinelli for a big future (Picture: Getty)Mari added: ‘He has exploded on to the scene and is showing that he’s a great player with a lot of talent.‘Obviously he’s still very young, but he’s already had a taste of playing at the top level and he’s doing very well.‘I’ll say congratulations when I meet him, but now he just needs to keep it up and work hard because he’s really talented.’last_img read more

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first kit was Arsenal as Chelsea star loved Thierry Henry

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 May 2020 8:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.4kShares Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first kit was Arsenal as Chelsea star loved Thierry Henry Advertisement Henry remains Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer (Picture: Getty)The midfielder, who signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge last summer, believes Chelsea are going in the right direction under Frank Lampard.Lampard has enjoyed an impressive debut season in charge of his former club, with Chelsea currently fourth in the Premier League.Reflecting on Chelsea’s season so far, Loftus-Cheek added: ‘The young boys have done really well so credit to them. They’ve shown that they can play at this level and help the team win.‘The gaffer always said he would play academy players but they have to be doing well to play.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‘That’s really encouraging for the youngsters coming through the academy in the future that they have a gaffer who’s willing to play them if they show they can play at the level.‘The whole squad have done really well this season, especially having no new players coming in and the team being very young.‘Considering those things and a new manager with new tactics and a new way of playing, we’ve done really well to be where we are at the moment.‘We’ve had times on the pitch where we know ourselves that we need to improve but that’s just football and if we can improve on what we’ve talked about as a collective then we could really be a team that’s in contention for titles in the future.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal and Chelsea keeping tabs on Gladbach teenager Kaan KurtMORE: Joe Cole hails Chelsea legend John Terry as the best captain in Premier League history Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek loved Arsenal legend Thierry Henry growing up (Picture: Getty)Chelsea and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed his first football kit was an Arsenal one as he loved Gunners legend Thierry Henry growing up.Former France international Henry remains Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer, having scored 228 goals in 376 appearances for the north London club.Henry was particularly prolific during the early 2000s and helped Arsenal win the Premier League in 2001-02 and 2003-04 and go unbeaten through that latter campaign.Asked about his first football kit, Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea’s official website: ‘It was actually an Arsenal kit when I was about six because I really liked Thierry Henry at the time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was obviously very shortly after that I started with Chelsea at the academy.’Loftus-Cheek joined Chelsea’s academy in 2004 at the age of eight and went on to make his first-team debut for the Blues a decade later. Commentlast_img read more

Charlie Nicholas names just four Arsenal players that have shown ‘real substance’ this season

first_img Comment Charlie Nicholas names just four Arsenal players that have shown ‘real substance’ this season Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Jul 2020 9:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Kieran Tierney has looked an impressive signing by Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)‘You need to challenge yourself to improve.‘I worked hard every day and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming to this massive club full of great players. I knew it was going to be tough coming in and trying to get my place in the team.‘I’m just grateful for every opportunity I get to go on the pitch and give my all. I try to repay the manager’s faith by working hard and trying to put in good performances.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s all about the hard work.’MORE: Arsenal offer £23m plus Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas ParteyMORE: Stewart Robson hails Bukayo Saka as Arsenal youngster he has been most impressed withFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka have earned praise from Charlie Nicholas (Picture: Getty Images)Charlie Nicholas feels that only four Arsenal players have shown ‘real substance’ this season, hailing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and goalkeepers Bernd Leno and Emiliano Martinez, but dismissing the rest of the squad.The Gunners wrapped up their Premier League campaign on Sunday with a win over relegated Watford, which saw them finish eighth in the table.It is a disappointing finishing position, but most observers feel Arsenal are going in the right direction under the stewardship of Mikel Arteta, who took over from Unai Emery in December.Club legend Nicholas feels that way, and is impressed with the world the Spaniard is doing, but not by most of the players at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCaptain Aubameyang finished the season with a superb 22 league goals, Saka broke through into the first team and has excelled, while both goalkeepers have been solid, but otherwise, no one has stood out to the Scot.“It’s not Mikel Arteta’s fault, it’s a club that have been in freefall and haven’t fixed things in six years,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.‘They finished eighth because they only won 14 games – that’s the lowest I can recall in the Premier League era. I could probably look back while Arteta has come in and say why am I giving them a D?‘But I have to take it as a whole season. He’s made it better. I’m not a great man for stats, and his stats have not been great, but I think as Arsenal people we want to see progress and we are.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‘There’s been too many draws, I look at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – his goals have been great, both goalkeepers have been good, and other than that, I’m looking at Bukayo Saka. But no other players of real substance.’Most could not really argue with Nicholas’ assessment, although summer signing Kieran Tierney may count himself unlucky after performing impressively over his first season at the club.The Scottish left-back has had to deal with a serious injury, dislocating his shoulder, but has looked good before and after the fitness issue, despite describing the campaign as the toughest of his life so far.‘It’s been the toughest year of my life,’ said Tierney. ‘I’ve had the injury and a lot of new challenges but you need challenges, you need to be uncomfortable. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Pulisic, Tierney, De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Bale and more injury updates

first_imgPulisic, Tierney, De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Bale and more injury updates Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Sep 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 link Comment Advertisement Gareth Bale is not fit to play for Spurs yet (Picture: Getty Images)Gareth BaleGareth Bale is struggling with a knee injury and a lack of match fitness which means he will not play for Tottenham until the middle of October.Sergio Reguilon is moving towards match fitness but is unlikely to make his Spurs debut this weekend.‘Sergio will train with us on Friday,’ said Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho. ‘The information I got today from the people that stayed behind was that he had a complete session today and Friday he joins the group.‘Maybe not match fit but not injured any more and ready to train with the team. Gareth will take a little bit longer so of course no chance for the weekend.’MORE: Mikel Arteta makes confident prediction about Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas PepeMORE: Jurgen Klopp explains why Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are so difficult to play againstFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Christian Pulisic is still not fit for Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)A number of high profile players are struggling with injuries early in the Premier League season and will miss the upcoming games over the weekend and Monday night.There are some huge games in the coming days, with the highlight of this round of fixtures arguably being Liverpool hosting Arsenal on Monday night.Manchester City also take on Leicester City and Manchester United look to bounce back from defeat to Crystal Palace as they travel to Brighton.Here are the key injury updates ahead of the weekend’s action.ADVERTISEMENTChristian PulisicChristian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are still not fit enough to make the Chelsea squad, although they are training again.AdvertisementAdvertisementThiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are available for Frank Lampard, although new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will not play as he has not trained enough with his new team.‘There is always concerns when there is a history with fitness,’ said Lampard of Pulisic. ‘You have to make sure you don’t overcook him. There is a fine line, but he is hungry to play. It’s something we have to manage with him. We want to get as many minutes of the great Christian we saw last season.’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 CityKieran TierneyKieran Tierney has been out with a minor groin injury but is expected to be fit for Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool on Monday night, after missing the wins over West Ham and Leicester in the Premier League and Carabao Cup respectively.Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also expected to be available.Kevin De BruyneManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be fit for Sunday’s home clash with Leicester but striker Gabriel Jesus is reportedly set to miss the game through injury, although that is as-yet uncomfirmed by the club.This would leave City with a striker shortage as Sergio Aguero remains out with a knee injury. Advertisementlast_img read more