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Alexandre Lacazette explains differences between Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery at Arsenal

first_imgUnai Emery didn’t foster a particularly good relationship with players at Arsenal (Picture:Getty Images)Lacazette, as is the case with many Arsenal players, has been linked with a summer exit from the club, but Arteta is desperate to keep hold of the 29-year-old, who has scored 12 goals this season.‘Why would I want to lose a player like him?’ Arteta questioned. ‘I’m really happy with him. I really like Alex, I said that even before I joined here that he is the type of striker that I really like.‘I think he had periods where he was very unlucky because he was having the chances and not converting them which he is not used 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‘But the way he can link play, he’s a massive competitor he hates to lose. He goes for every ball, you see in every challenge how he’s ready to go. He works really hard and he’s a very intelligent player, I am really happy with him.’Lacazette’s contract runs until 2022 and is very likely to remain at the Emirates, especially with the budget tight for Arteta to sign replacements.MORE: Robin van Persie reveals he had one doubt about leaving Arsenal to sign for Man UtdMORE: Arsenal ready to offer £250,000-a-week contract to Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Alexandre Lacazette is having to work completely differently under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Reuters)Alexandre Lacazette says it is hard to explain all the differences between Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery’s reigns at Arsenal, believing that the two managers could not be more contrasting in their approaches.Lacazette was signed by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and has now played under three managers over a turbulent time for the club.Emery’s only full season in charge of the club proved to be Lacazette’s most prolific in front of goal, with the Frenchman netting 19 times in all competitions, but he says it is a new world now under Arteta.The striker is not necessarily being positive or negative about either manager’s approach, but says they are not in any way similar.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It is a completely different way to manage a squad, a team, a different tactical vision as well, it is hard to cite all the changes, there are so many,’ Lacazette told Canal Plus.‘What the coach asks of me is different. They have completely different visions the pair of them.’ Advertisement Comment Alexandre Lacazette explains differences between Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jul 2020 6:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShareslast_img read more

Beckham makes ballot for U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

first_img(REUTERS) – Former England captain David Beckham, who won two Major League Soccer titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy, was among the first-time candidates named on the ballot for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame yesterday.The 42-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder played six seasons in MLS, all of them for the Galaxy, and helped his team to win championships in the last two of those seasons, 2011 and 2012.His arrival in Los Angeles in 2007 put MLS on the map and brought a level of legitimacy and visibility that otherwise may have taken the North American league decades to reach.Beckham, who is currently trying to get his proposed MLS franchise off the ground in Miami, met the Hall of Fame’s eligibility criteria given his seasons in MLS, during which he scored 18 goals in 98 games.The voting pool includes past and present men’s and women’s U.S. national team coaches, active MLS and National Women’s Soccer League management, U.S. Soccer leadership, Hall of Famers and media members.The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, New York, location in 2010 with a new facility in Texas expected to open next year.last_img read more

Holt: Dear Gopher fans: Traditions not born on Facebook

first_imgOne of the best things about college football is all the tradition. No other major sport has as many 100-year rivalries and traveling trophies as the NCAA gridiron.We’ve been blessed here at Wisconsin with the most-played rivalry in FBS: the battle with Minnesota for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. We’ve also got a few of the better traditions in the Big Ten with the Fifth Quarter, Camp Randall’s version of the wave and our beloved Jump Around. All three are part of what make Badger football games the events that they are.Obviously UW isn’t alone in that respect, as pretty much every other school has its own famous traditions: Penn State’s white-outs, Script Ohio at Ohio State (which I hate), running Ralphie the Buffalo around the field at Colorado, racism at Florida State. Missing from any list of NCAA football’s best traditions is anything that has to do with Minnesota, which Gopher fans seem to be fine with.Until now, apparently.While browsing Facebook yesterday, a former Herald sports editor brought this little nugget to my attention: There’s a Facebook group created by Minnesota students called “New 3rd Quarter Tradition.” The goal is to pick a song to be played at TCF Bank Stadium between the third and fourth quarters to get the student section pumped. Sound familiar?Oh, Minnesota. You go and get a shiny new stadium and then embarrass yourselves like this. To be fair, they do acknowledge Jump Around is our thing, so it’s not like they’re oblivious to the fact that this looks like a lame rip-off. And I do tip my cap to the effort. Best of all, it involves no dotting of any “i’s.”But the biggest problem I have with the whole thing is the mission to start a tradition. It’s as if they think it’s like deciding to order a pizza or picking out what to wear for the day. You can’t set out to start a tradition; it just ends up happening.Our own Jump Around started at UW’s 1998 Homecoming game against Purdue. With little going on during a boring game, a marketing guy decided House of Pain was just what the stadium needed to amp them up — and he was right. A little more than a decade later and Camp Randall still sways and shakes prior to the beginning of every fourth quarter.The great thing about this was that it wasn’t planned; it was spontaneous. More importantly, it had enough of an impact that it was repeated through the years until Jump Around became ESPN’s favorite thing to talk about ad nauseam anytime they televise a Badger game.Back to the Minnesota student section’s latest endeavor: I can’t blame them for trying, nor can I blame them for not having any great football traditions. They did play in the Metrodome for 26 years after all. The only thing that has less personality than that building is Ben Stein.I do understand where those guys are coming from, though. The Gophers can feel like a “real” college football team now that they have an awesome new outdoor stadium. There’s a real drive in the Twin Cities to show TCF Bank Stadium can create its own legacy comparable to other Big Ten venues. But Minnesota fans have a lot of catch-up to do as far as tradition goes (for the sake of this argument, forget that cheerleading was invented at Minnesota; every team everywhere has cheerleaders now). But with little more than the school song and “Ski-U-Mah,” in the way of unique traditions, this newest generation of Minnesota fans has its work cut out for it.There’s another detriment to the cause too — the fact that you need a Minnesota student ID with your ticket to get into the student section. What’s the point of cultivating a great student fan base if you don’t let outsiders enjoy it? Part of what makes the student section fun at Camp Randall is bringing friends and family along to enjoy the madness. I’ve even seen grandparents yelling choice words as part of a certain call-and-return chant for which Madison is infamous. If you have something good, share it with the world.And not that it’s the biggest factor, but sharing these kinds of traditions can go a long way toward attracting students. As a native Minnesotan raised by a Gopher and UMD Bulldog, I always figured I would end up going to the U of M. But a November trip to Madison my senior year in high school that included a football game changed a lot of that. No small part of it was the fact that I was allowed into the student section. Seeing the wave split and reverse, singing oldies in the stands, the novelty of yelling “beer!” after every “we want more” chant — it all gave me a great sense of community. I mean, where else can you get on the 81 on a Friday night and have the entire bus break out into a spontaneous rendition of “Build Me Up Buttercup?” True story, by the way.It’s the little things like this that give a school its personality. And that’s the thing about a personality — you develop one, you don’t go on Facebook to create one. Same thing applies to tradition.As enthusiastic as Gopher fans may be about outdoor football, you can’t force tradition, nor simply will it to start. Facebook, of all things, seems like an unlikely catalyst for a long-lasting legacy. How will Minnesota alumni feel telling their kids that the reason they play (insert whatever song they choose here) during every game was because of a Facebook group? Of course, they’ll then have to explain to their kids what “Facebook” was and it can only go downhill from there.As much as I love bashing Minnesota, I do have to give them this: They are nurturing a budding tradition that is actually pretty legit. Prior to home games now, the team has a “victory walk” from the McNamara Alumni Center into the stadium, allowing fans to cheer them on before the stands themselves are filled. It’s a pretty neat concept that they should make sure to carry on.But for now, Minnesota football tradition is a work in progress. For a few years at least, people will probably have more fun at other Big Ten venues where the customs are already established (even if they’re overrated, like a certain OSU band formation). Take heart, Gophers — you’ve got the stadium, you’ve got the enthusiasm, you’ve got a newly-electrified fan base. The tradition will come on its own.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Did he mention he hates the dotting of the “i”? Are you annoyed with Minnesota’s attempt to create a tradition? Seriously, dotting the”i” sucks. E-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Rufai: I Have Solution to Nigeria’s Goalkeeper’s Problem

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeAs Nigeria continues to grapple with getting a quality goalkeeper for the senior national team, the Super Eagles, ex-international Peter Rufai has insisted that he has solution to the festering problem.Yesterday, Franco-German handler of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, invited 23 players for the international friendly with Ukraine without the inclusion of South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi who was the country’s Number 1 goalkeeper to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Peter Rufai The Kaiser Chief goalkeeper reclaimed the shirt from Francis Uzoho who was between the sticks for Eagles at the World Cup in Russia where Nigeria failed to make it out of the group stage.But for the leukaemia that ended Carl Ikeme’s career after starting the 2018 World Cup qualifiers brilliantly in Ndola, Zambia, Ikechukwu Ezenwa would not have had the opportunity of becoming the first choice goalkeeper for the rest of the matches en-route the Mundial.Apart from Ikeme whose quality measured close to Vincent Enyeama who vacated the post after an illustrious career, all other three goalkeepers have never really lived up to the quality of the pre-Ikeme era.Nigerians now resort to prayers each time any of the current three goalkeepers are between the sticks. Poor goalkeeping by Akpeyi stopped Nigeria from reaching the final of Egypt 2019.But yesterday, Rufai, who remains one of the country’s best goalkeepers to date, told THISDAY that this problem remains because those in charge of the country’s football at both NFF and state FAs have ignored his thesis on how to solve the matter.“For me it remains an embarrassment that a country of over 170 million people are running from pillar to pole and are unable to get just one quality goalkeeper that can be called world-class.“Couple of years back when this problem started, I offered to help and even gave my proposal to the League Management Company and the NFF. It was to also involve state FAs so that when fully implemented, goalkeeping will no longer be problem of the country any more. As I speak with you, that proposal remains on the shelf,” revealed Rufai fondly called Dodo Mayana in his period with the senior national team.He insisted that there was little Rohr could do for the national team so long as there is no “what we can call a Nigerian playing policy in place.”In Rufai’s words: “when there is a policy in place, successive coaches or even players coming from anywhere around the world will have to adjust to the Nigerian policy. This is the only way we can return to the top where our football ought to belong.”If Germany-based Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper, Emil Maduka Okoye, who Rohr invited for first time for the friendly with Ukraine gets his first cap on September 10, he will become the fifth goalkeeper to be tried since Enyeama walked away from the Super Eagles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more