Mikel Arteta looks ahead to Manchester City clash and provides Arsenal fitness update

first_img Comment “You better be right playing away is an advantage!” 😂Mikel 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.last_img read more

Cayetano hits Senate hearing on ABS-CBN franchise: House will be ‘much organized’

first_img“You know, I was watching them(senators). They spent two hours discussing whether they have authority to dothat or not. I cannot even understand … hindipala kayo sigurado ng trabaho ninyo, eh bakit pinagdedebatehan pa ninyo,”said Panelo. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo, for his part, also mocked the Senate hearing on Monday as he describedthe senators as like “headless chickens who don’t know what they’re doing.” Cayetano said the ABS-CBN franchiserenewal is an important issue but not urgent as there are other more pressinglegislation that the congressmen needs to work on first. “There’s no question ‘yung iba nagmamalasakit lang. There’sno question there are solid supporters of ABS-CBN. But ‘yung iba OA na e. Parangdoomsday na ang ginagawa para langmakapagsipsip. Hindi yun ang proseso,” Cayetano said. Cayetano said the House is committed onnot allowing ABS-CBN to go off the air even for a minute, while they have yetto start tackling the bills on the network’s franchise renewal. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano “The ABS-CBN has 11,000 jobs butthe CITIRA (Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act) can produce 1.5million jobs,” he said. “Having said that, mabuti na rin na nag-hearing, mabutina rin na pinag-uusapan ‘yung mgaissues, but I can promise you, saHouse, mas organized ‘yung hearing. Mas malinaw ‘yung issues bago pa mag-start ‘yung hearing, at lahat ‘yungpro and con, management, employees and viewers will be given an opportunity tobe heard,” he added. “The very purpose for which they callthat committee hearing, mukhang dalawangoras silang nagdi-debate whether do we have authority or not,” he added.“They wasted two hours debating on something that they should have knownalready.”/PN “Bakitnag-hearing ang Senate? Anong purpose? Parang nag-aattendance saABS-CBN. ‘Hello, I’m here, I’m for you. Kasisabi nila it’s not for the franchise kasihindi pa sila pwedeng mag-hearing safranchise, nandito pa [sa House]. Sowhat’s it for?” he added. MANILA – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano saidthe House of Representatives hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal will be“much organized” compared to the one done by the Senate.last_img read more

Egypt crumble as Russia close in on last 16

first_img0Shares0000Russia have all but sealed their place in the knockout rounds of the competition after winning their opening two group games. Photo/COURTESYSAINT PETERSBURG,Russian Federation, Jun 19 – Host nation Russia have one foot in the last 16 of the World Cup after a resounding 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday despite the return from injury of Mohamed Salah.After a tight first half in a rain-drenched Saint Petersburg, Egypt captain Ahmed Fathy scored an own goal before goals from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sealed a win that raises Russian hopes of defying pre-tournament expectations that they would struggle to qualify from their group. Salah did score Egypt’s first goal at a World Cup since 1990 with a penalty after he had been hauled down 17 minutes from time, but it was too late to regain the momentum for the disappointing Pharaohs.Russia will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 and Egypt eliminated unless Saudi Arabia beat Uruguay on Wednesday.Mohamed Salah’s penalty was too late to save Egypt © AFP / Paul ELLISSalah was making his first appearance since injuring his left shoulder when falling heavily after being dragged to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final just over three weeks ago.Russia thrashed a poor Saudi Arabia team 5-0 in the tournament opener last week, but Egypt had been expected to pose a stiffer challenge.But after Fathi put into his own net, an inspired Cheryshev slotted in his third goal of the tournament, putting him equal with Cristiano Ronaldo in the top scorers’ chart.Dzyuba’s third goal sent the 65,000-capacity crowd into raptures.– Japan milestone –Japan made history in the early game, beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to become the first Asian side to conquer a South American team at a World Cup.The complexion of the game was changed radically when Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez was shown the first red card of Russia 2018 for handball in the opening minutes of the contest.Shinji Kagawa scored from the penalty spot and although Juan Quintero equalised late in the first half, Japan made their superior numbers count, with Yuya Osako heading a winner in the 73rd minute.Japan’s build-up to Russia has been tumultuous after coach Vahid Halilhodzic was sacked in April and replaced by Akira Nishino, despite steering the team to the finals.Japan forward Yuya Osako (centre) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Colombia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVBut they will be delighted to start their Russian campaign with a victory after failing to notch a single win in Brazil four years ago — including a painful 4-1 defeat at the hands of Colombia.“I said at half-time that if we can keep the ball moving, we can deprive the Colombia players of their stamina,” said Nishino.“Our players were aggressive from the start and I think that worked very well for us. This is just one win and three points, so we will save our celebration.”– Senegal pip Poland –In the other Group H clash on Tuesday, Senegal recorded the first African win at this World Cup when they beat Poland 2-1, thanks to a deflected Thiago Cionek own goal and a terrible error by Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, which resulted in a goal for man-of-the-match Mbaye Niang.West Bromwich Albion midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak got Poland back in the game with an 86th-minute header but Senegal hung on at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.In a match billed as a straight fight between Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane, neither scored but Liverpool striker Mane set up Idrissa Gueye for the shot that took a wicked deflection off Cionek, leaving Szczesny totally wrong-footed in the Polish goal for Senegal’s opener on 37 minutes.Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said the whole of Africa was closely monitoring the progress of Senegal.“Senegal today represents the whole of the African continent,” he said.“Of course we represent our country but I can also guarantee that the whole of Africa is supporting us. I’m getting phone calls from everywhere.”burs-gj/nr0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more