About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Petit: I laugh at Emery’s weak, average defenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Emmanuel Petit says manager Unai Emery’s defence isn’t good enough.Petit claims that Arsenal’s biggest weakness is their “average defence’ and ultimately that will undermine Emery’s chances of success this season.He told Paddy Power: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors. Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.”But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool. You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”
Arsenal find themselves “eight windows behind the big boys”, says Troy Deeney, with the club still some way short of the elite despite making progress under Unai Emery.The Gunners have taken steps in the right direction this season after opting to make a change in the dugout.Arsene Wenger was famed for his frugal approach to recruitment, despite completing some big-money deals towards the end of his 22-year tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Emery was then handed no war chest upon inheriting the reins, but has managed to force Arsenal back into contention for a top-four finish and a return to Champions League competition.Watford captain Deeney admits there have been signs of encouragement at Emirates Stadium, but believes a rival outfit remain a long way off being challengers for the most prestigious prizes.He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Everyone knows me and Arsenal don’t get on too well.“But I think there has a steeliness that has been brought in and there are goals throughout the team.“They have different styles of play now and can play with the two boys up front that are always going to score goals and give you something to build on.“But football works in six-month periods between transfer windows and they are going to have to go again.“Look at how many transfer windows they are behind the big boys. They are probably six, seven or eight behind the big boys. That is just being realistic.“I know people are saying it is a massive improvement but that’s only on what they had last year.“But they are still behind the likes of Man City and United, not just in spending but in the quality they have brought in.”This is not the first time that Deeney has hit out at Arsenal, with the Watford striker having famously questioned the Gunners’ fighting spirit after helping the Hornets to a 2-1 win in October 2017.He said back then when asked why a star-studded side falls short so often: “I have to watch what I say, but it’s a bit of cojones.”Whenever I play against Arsenal, I’ll go up and think ‘let me whack the first one and see who wants it’.”The Gunners were able to see off Watford in their most recent meeting, with Emery’s men claiming a 2-0 win in September, and they are set to be reunited at Vicarage Road on the final weekend of the 2018-19 campaign.
Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba revealed some of his team-mates became fearful of flying after new signing Emiliano Sala went missing while on board a plane.The whereabouts of club-record recruit Sala remains unknown following the disappearance of a Piper Malibu aircraft en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.Sala was travelling to the Welsh capital having farewelled his Nantes team-mates before the plane vanished without a trace, with Guernsey Police ending the search on Thursday. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Argentine striker was honoured before Arsenal’s 2-1 Premier League win over Cardiff on Tuesday following the distribution of daffodils with the match programme at the Emirates Stadium.#CityAsOne pic.twitter.com/z3m7AV0mwu— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 29, 2019Reflecting on the heartbreaking situation, Bamba told BBC Sport Wales: “It is very difficult to even describe how the players are feeling.”It is a very unusual situation, a big tragedy. We have all been affected by it, the lads, the city, the whole club.”We have had some help. We travel by plane and some of the lads have been thinking ‘I don’t want to go on it anymore.'”It was that deep, the gaffer has been good and the club have been good in terms of bringing someone in to talk to if we need to.”And I think some of the lads do, they need to get it out. So I think it was good thinking from the club and the gaffer and hopefully in the weeks to come we are going to feel better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala was found in the English Channel on Sunday morning, following a two-week search for the aircraft that was carrying the missing footballer.Sala was aboard the Piper Malibu aircraft on January 21 when he flew from Nantes to Wales after completing a £15 million ($19.8m) transfer to Cardiff City.The Argentine had flown back to France to say goodbye to his team-mates and, on his way back to England, the plane carrying the forward and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared from radar close to the Channel Islands. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The plane was located following an extensive search of the area with a search boat positively identifying the aircraft after discovery on Sunday.Marine scientist David Mearns led the search on Sunday and confirmed that the plane was located and that families were notified by police.Mearns tweeted: “Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.”The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) 3 February 2019 The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David. #EmilianoSalas #NoDejenDeBuscarAEmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) 3 February 2019A further statement is expected on Monday.Initial search and recovery efforts were called off three days after the flight disappeared, but the search was then resumed after Sala’s family raised funds to continue the efforts.A target of €300,000 (£260k/$342k) was met on a GoFundMe page after the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and president of Argentina Mauricio Macri spoke out to continue the search.Sala joined Nantes in 2015 after previously featuring for Orleans, Niort and Caen, and the forward went on to make 132 appearances for the club while scoring 48 goals.After scoring 13 goals across all competitions to start the season with Nantes, Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when he was acquired by Neil Warnock’s side in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester City star Bernardo Silva looks to have a war on his hands – after a formal declaration from team-mate Raheem Sterling.Silva has been kicking back in Miami after a stunning season with his club and providing the match-winning assist as Portugal won the inaugural Nations League final.The 24-year-old was in playful mood, taking to his Instagram story to post a goading video with a snapback apparently swiped from his friend Sterling. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In a series of posts, Silva teased Sterling with his friends, filming and laughing in the background as one mimicked Sterling’s signature running style – which the England man has admitted in the past is on the unorthodox side.But Silva’s smile might be wiped off his face as Sterling promised to fight back with fire and fury.“Bernardo, Bernardo, Bernardo, you silly boy,” he said on his own Instagram story. “I declare war. Watch. Ok. Ok, ok, ok.”Wherever this conflict leads them on the long and apparently uneventful summer without domestic football, Silva and Sterling will surely be itching to get back on the pitch after combining to deliver an unprecedented treble for Manchester City.Thoughts on @BernardoCSilva’s friends’ impression of @sterling7? 🤨🎥 Instagram: bernardocarvalhosilva pic.twitter.com/cgCQb31aZM— Goal (@goal) June 18, 2019Sterling bagged 23 goals and 17 assists in all competitions as his star continued to rise under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, while Silva’s performances have seen him thrust into the conversation for this year’s Ballon d’Or.His all-action displays, combining grace and grit and acting as a replacement for the injured Kevin De Bruyne and the out-of-favour Leroy Sane were vital as City lifted all three domestic trophies.The good times look to keep on coming – despite links with Juventus, boss Guardiola has reaffirmed his commitment to the club. Given Sterling and Silva’s development under him, the pair will certainly have been relieved to see Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as manager instead.Given the non-stop nature of modern football, they had best enjoy their time off as City’s pre-season gets underway in less than a month’s time.A pre-season tour of China sees them take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy against Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves, with the Hammers up first on July 17.Following the tour, they will return to England for the Community Shield against European champions Liverpool on August 4. With City having won the FA Cup, Liverpool are in the curtain-raiser by virtue of having finished second in the Premier League.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Michigan is one of three schools currently investigating whether some of its student-athletes sold team-issued shoes to a retailer. The school confirmed the investigation on Friday night.Last week, North Carolina football suspended 13 players for re-selling team shoes. However, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t expecting his program to suffer the same fate.Speaking with media tonight, Harbaugh gave an update into the shoe investigation, saying that he doesn’t expect nay UM players to be suspended.Harbaugh said he doesn’t anticipate any players missing games regarding shoe investigation— angelique (@chengelis) August 14, 2018According to the original ESPN report from last week, Michigan, Cal and Marquette were all conducting probes to see if student-athletes had sold shoes.Michigan spokesman David Ablauf told ESPN that all Wolverine players “sign a form that acknowledges that selling the shoes would jeopardize their eligibility. The shoes are also marked by the equipment staff with the player’s name or uniform number, making it more difficult to sell them anonymously.”Harbaugh said tonight that all of the player’s shoes were present in the inventory.Harbaugh says he doesn’t anticipate anyone missing time for selling shoes. All current players had to go through a shoe inventory, all shoes were present he says.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 14, 2018Of course, there hasn’t been an official announcement from Michigan regarding the results of the investigation. We’ll have to see if one is forthcoming.At the same time, Harbaugh is notoriously closely-guarded with information regarding his team, so it is doubtful he would say this to the media if he wasn’t feeling good about all of his players being cleared of any wrongdoing.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)USC five-star freshman Bru McCoy is no longer a part of the Trojans’ football program, according to a report.McCoy, one of the top 10 recruits in the 2019 class, had enrolled early at USC, though some coaching movement had him re-thinking his decision.The five-star wide receiver was close with USC’s former offensive coordinator, Tee Martin, and was a fan of Kliff Kingsbury, though neither coach is still with the program.McCoy has reportedly decided to transfer to Texas.USC 247 first reported news of his transfer decision:According to sources close to Bru McCoy, the five-star athlete will transfer from USC to Texas.McCoy is expected to be in Austin by next week. He and the Texas coaching staff anticipate he’ll have to sit out a year but they will apply for a waiver hoping to avoid that situation.McCoy was all set to commit to Texas before the 2019 All-American Bowl but was convinced to commit to USC by former Trojan offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury at the last minute. After Kingsbury was hired away to be the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, McCoy apparently soured on the idea of wearing cardinal and goal.Rivals.com had reported earlier in the day that McCoy was mulling a transfer.BREAKING: USC freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy mulling a transfer to Texas. https://t.co/cnSzh5SIZH pic.twitter.com/hbZLJWhVum— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) January 24, 2019Stay tuned for an official announcement.
It’s just another game you need to win: Kohli on India vs Pakistan tie in World Cup 2019Virat Kohli was asked about the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan and the skipper made his position clear by saying that it was just another game when the players walk onto the field.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 17:48 IST The game is strictly professional on the filed between India and Pakistan, says Virat Kohli (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTS“India-Pakistan is always a much anticipated match,” Virat Kohli saidIndia have never lost to Pakistan in the World CupIndia and Pakistan will face each other in a blockbuster clash on June 16 in ManchesterWith the ICC ODI World Cup getting underway in England and Wales in less than a week from now, the skippers of the 10 participating teams fighting for the biggest glory in 50-over cricket were all asked to pick one player from another team to fit into their own playing XI during the captains’ press conference in London on Thursday.The comments from the captains made for some interesting read and showed what according to them, they lack in their squad as they look to battle it out and win the showpiece event.While host captain Eoin Morgan picked Australia’s assistant coach Ricky Ponting, India captain Virat Kohli went for his South African counterpart Faf du Plessis. Pakistan skipper Safaraz Ahmed went for the swashbuckling Jos Buttler while Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza picked the run-machine Kohli.For defending champions Australia, skipper Aaron Finch didn’t seem too happy with his pacers and settled for Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, while Faf himself decided to pick not one, but three in Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins of Australia and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne went with English all-rounder Ben Stokes while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also went for Rashid Khan. Interestingly, while the West Indies skipper Jason Holder said that he was happy with his team, his Afghan counterpart Gulbadin Naib said it all depends on the day.Moving on, Kohli was asked about the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan and the skipper made his position clear by saying that it was just another game when the players walk onto the field.advertisement”I think India-Pakistan is always a much anticipated match. We keep saying again and again. If you ask the players, it’s very different from how the fans feel. Yes, we feel the anticipation and excitement when we enter the stadium. But as soon as you enter the field, it’s very professional.”It’s just another game you need to win as a team. Yes, it brings pressure because the atmosphere in the stadium is very different. But as soon as we enter the ground, it’s a game of cricket for all of us. We keep saying this again and again, but that’s the truth,” he said.”In the World Cup, you first see the first four or five games you’re going to play. You play accordingly as a side. I don’t think we single out any team, all 10 teams are strong and can beat anyone. That makes the tournament exciting. If we play good cricket, we’ll be in a good position. Every team will want to focus on their skills,” the India skipper said.Kohli also spoke about how seamer Jofra Archer could be the deciding factor for England in the World Cup.”I think he’s going to be their X-factor because he holds a skill set that’s very different from anyone else. He can generate a lot of pace which can be very intimidating and you don’t really expect that because of his run-up. He’s a great athlete. He’s going to be exciting to watch in the World Cup and I’ll be watching him personally as well because whatever I’ve seen of him has been very very exciting,” he said.When told that Archer wants his wicket, Kohli said it was nothing but a compliment. “Did he say that? I have no idea. That’s news to me. We don’t really focus on these things. You don’t focus on whether people want to get you out and things like that. Our focus is mainly on contributing to the team. I take a lot of pride in performing for the team and making impact performances.”If Jofra said that, it’s a huge compliment because he himself is a world class bowler. The way he has come about in the IPL and while playing around the world in the last two years, there is a good reason for him to be fast-tracked to the World Cup,” the India skipper added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and others hit the nets after India reach LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Watch how Team India spent their first practice session in EnglandAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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