Comment “You better be right playing away is an advantage!” ðMikel Arteta hopes @laura_woodsy is right as #AFC face four away games on the bounce when the Premier League restarts. #SkyFootballShow pic.twitter.com/0gg49uUEC7— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 11, 2020 Mikel Arteta looks ahead to Manchester City clash and provides Arsenal fitness update Advertisement Arsenal lost to Championship side Brentford a week out from visiting Man City (Picture: Getty)Asked if one positive of the hiatus has been getting players back fit again, Arteta told The Football Show: ‘Yeah, absolutely. And they’ve been looking after themselves really well during that period.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Obviously some live in apartments, some live in big houses, and we just tried to fulfil those limitations. But overall it’s been a very good experience to get to know each other much better.’On the squad’s fitness, he continued: ‘I think that’s a big question mark. That’s the biggest question mark because we’ve been training in big groups just for 10 days I think and competition, you can play a friendly game, you can play 45 minutes, but it’s not near the Premier League rhythm at all.‘And I will have to see that, I think it will be very difficult to sustain big rhythm for 90 minutes for the first few games at least. So let’s try to play that as well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOn facing City next Wednesday, as well as Arsenal’s aim’s for the rest of the season, Arteta continued: ‘It’s going to be strange, I can’t deny that. Obviously I know everybody there, I spent four magnificent years with those players, those staff and the club.‘But I’m really excited as well. I can’t wait to start competing, playing again, and doing what we love most which is to play football. And yeah it was going to be very, very special for me, but I’m really looking forward to it. Advertisement ‘The ambition in this period, as I’ve said before, is to be a better team than we were before. In that moment we were on a really good run before we stopped for the coronavirus.‘I want to go day-by-day with this team and game after game be competitive in every game and go to any stadium and try to win. This has to be us. That’s the way I feel and the way I believe is the best way to approach every game.’MORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendlyMORE: Arsenal prioritise Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract over new signingsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 11:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares The Spaniard admits it will take players a while to get up to speed (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta is eagerly awaiting Arsenal’s return to Premier League action against Manchester City though admits the players will struggle to replicate their usual intensity and rhythm.The Gunners have ramped up their training a week out from their first fixture, which is a testing away trip to the Etihad to take on Arteta’s old club – though their preparation was far from ideal, losing 3-2 against Brentford in a friendly on Wednesday.Nevertheless, Arteta is looking forward to taking on City and says he has a fully fit squad to choose from, though has warned that players will be rusty after so long without playing competitively.
Cath Rawthore and Stephen East are England’s top senior golfers – for the second time.Rawthore, from Sale in Cheshire, and East, from Wike Ridge in Yorkshire, have topped the England Golf Senior Orders of Merit for 2016. They were both also winners in 2014.There are many similarities between their latest golfing achievements. Rawthore is the English senior women’s amateur champion, while East holds the Scottish senior men’s title. They are both senior internationals and helped their teams to victory in their respective Home Internationals and to bronze medals in the European championships.Rawthore laid the foundations of her Order of Merit success with a dramatic win in the senior women’s amateur when, having trailed throughout the final, she triumphed on the 21st hole. The circumstances of the win, coupled with adverse weather conditions, “made it all the more special” and completed her set of senior titles, having won the British and English stroke play championships in previous years.She commented: “Winning the Order of Merit is very special, particularly when you look at the calibre of the ladies involved in the running.”Rawthore is part of England’s successful senior women’s team and she added: “I feel lucky and honoured to have represented England for the last four years and although it is a competitive environment, it is very friendly and a lot of fun.“To continue to do so in 2017 will require being in form as soon as the season starts and I will be trying my very best over the winter to do just that.”Stephen East’s victory in the Scottish senior championship was also an exciting affair as he played the final 10 holes in five-under par to speed past his rivals. “To win is always satisfying, but to go up there and win was special,” said East, who was also runner-up in the Welsh championship.The Senior Home Internationals, where he scored 5.5 points from six games, was another of his highlights. “Winning the Home Internationals was a great thrill,” said East. “It was a wonderful team effort which turned out to be a dominant performance.”His verdict on the year? “Having missed two counting events, I was delighted at topping the order of merit, it’s most satisfying and one of the highlights of my year.“Looking to 2017, I’m excited about representing Wike Ridge Golf Club. My goals are simple, to enjoy my golf and keep playing and competing at the highest level possible, playing as many championships as possible.”Final leading placings:Senior women1 Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) 75097.1702 Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) 71646.5003 Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire) 47894.0004 Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) 43660.1935 Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex) 34420.625Senior men1 Stephen East (Wike Ridge, Yorkshire) 65100.333 pts2 David Niven (Newbury & Crookham, BB&O) 57833.0003 Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) 43422.5004 David Nelson (Northenden, Cheshire) 38326.1255 Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire) 36551.893Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 18 Nov 2016 Rawthore and East head the England senior tables
Caption: Challenge Tour player ben Evans (second right) with Bridgestone Chase Your Dream winners (from left) Neil Garbutt, Hannah Golding and Michael Durkin. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 77 pts Mandy Holden (West End Golf Club, Yorkshire), Ashlee Tyrrell (The Rayleigh Club, Essex) and Kevin Madden (Walmley Golf Club, Warwickshire) with Borja Virto English club golfers Hannah Golding, Neil Garbutt and Mike Durkin today booked a date with a star of the European Tour when they won the final stage of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy. The trio teamed up with professional Ben Evans to score 85 points in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo – the English leg of the Challenge Tour. 6 Sep 2017 Golf trio win a dream outing with a Tour star Hannah, from Brocton Hall, Staffordshire, was the youngest player in the pro-am team at the age of 14. She trains with an England Golf regional U16 squad and she commented: “I had a great team and I am very proud to get to this point and go forward to the British Masters.” Mike, who plays off 14 at Hurlston Hall Golf Club, Lancashire, added: “I can’t express how I feel. It is a dream – and a dream that Bridgestone and England Golf have given us, with their commitment and support for amateur golf.” 74 pts John Newell (Hazlemere Golf Club, Buckinghamshire), Sam Storey (Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey) and Debbie Deakin (Mickleover Golf Club, Derbyshire), with Luke Johnson. They won by four points and were ecstatic when the result was confirmed. “It’s unbelievable, unbelievable,” said Neil, an eight handicapper from Masham Golf Club, Yorkshire. “It’s been a brilliant journey to be part of and it’s just fantastic to be going to Close House, thanks to Bridgestone and England Golf.” Now, they’re heading for the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House, Northumberland on 27 September, when they could play with Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia or another household name. Their professional partner, Challenge Tour player Ben Evans, was full of praise for their play. “They were great, everyone contributed, Hannah probably a little more than the others which was great to see. She hit the ball amazingly well and she has a bright future.” Tags: Bridgestone Challenge, Challenge Tour, Luton Hoo The other teams were: They claimed their place when they beat five other teams of golfers who have accompanied them on a journey with Bridgestone and England Golf, from club competition winner to regional and national finals – and now the pro-am success. 78pts Gill Kapka (Cleethorpes Golf Club, Lincolnshire), Neil Jonas (Tilgate Forest Golf Club, Sussex), and Debbie Ricketts (Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset), with Thomas Linard. 81 pts Jacob Scargill (Hanging Heaton Golf Club, Yorkshire), Kathryn Naylor (Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey), and Lydia Hoare (Redlibetts Golf Club, Kent) with professional Martin Wiegele; Rebecca Webb (East Berkshire Golf Club), Kevin Maguire (Southwood Golf Club, Hampshire) and Joe Simpson (Burford Golf Club, Oxfordshire) with Jaco Ahlers. They started out on their round with four points on their first hole, the 13th, and carried on from there, playing holes one to nine in spectacular style, by amassing 49 points. Mike, who put off a holiday to play in the pro-am, suffered a heart attack in 2013 and thought his golfing days were over, making his triumph in the aptly named trophy all the more remarkable. Click here to view more images from the pro-am