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

F1 stars attend Mass for late racing legend Niki Lauda in Austria

first_imgTHOUSANDS of people, including Formula 1 stars, have paid their last respects to racing legend Niki Lauda, whose body lay in state in Vienna, Austria.His coffin, topped with his red helmet, was carried into St Stephen’s Cathedral in heavy rain yesterday morning.A Mass was then held before a private funeral. Lauda died last week aged 70 in Switzerland, where he was treated for kidney problems.The Austrian driver won Formula 1 championships in 1975, 1977 and 1984.He almost died following a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.Despite suffering severe burns and inhaling toxic fumes, he resumed racing 40 days later.Current Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, former drivers Alain Prost, Sir Jackie Stewart and Nico Rosberg were among those who came to Vienna to bid their farewells to Lauda.Austrian actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen were also among those who attended the Mass in Vienna’s famous cathedral.After winning the Monaco Grand Prix last Sunday, Hamilton paid tribute to Lauda.“That was for you, Niki. Your fighting spirit was right there with me every step of the way,” the British driver wrote in a post on Twitter.“I know you are looking down and taking your hat off to us. I miss you, we truly miss you and I hope we did you proud today, legend.”As non-executive chairman of Mercedes, Lauda helped them win both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles in each of the past five seasons. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Allen’s struggles sink Bills in 22-19 OT loss to Texans

first_img First Published: 5th January, 2020 11:12 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US COMMENT LIVE TV Last Updated: 5th January, 2020 11:12 IST Allen’s Struggles Sink Bills In 22-19 OT Loss To Texans Josh Allen didn’t look like a playoff rookie in the first half on Saturday as he led the Buffalo Bills to a double-digit halftime lead 8 months ago Omaha defeats Oral Roberts 74-67 with second-half comeback Associated Press Television News 8 months ago No. 25 Arizona routs rival Arizona State 75-47 8 months ago Venezuela’s Guaidó faces key test in leadership vote Josh Allen didn’t look like a playoff rookie in the first half on Saturday as he led the Buffalo Bills to a double-digit halftime lead. He wasn’t nearly as composed after that and it allowed the Houston Texans to get back in the game and rally for a 22-19 overtime win in the first round of the playoffs.“There were some things we should have hit on,” Allen said. “I put that on my shoulders, especially with how well our defence played. Teams go how their quarterbacks go and I’ve got to be better for this team.”Houston’s win extends Buffalo’s postseason losing streak to six games, with their most recent playoff win coming in 1995. It’s the first wild-card overtime game since the Broncos beat the Steelers 29-23 in the 2011 season.Allen, who is in his second NFL season, threw for 264 yards, ran for 92 yards and caught a touchdown pass on a trick play in the first quarter, but often looked rattled late in his playoff debut.“He was just trying to do too much and getting a little bit extreme with what he felt like we needed at the time,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “But overall, we just didn’t make enough plays.”Allen scrambled 42 yards for a first down on Buffalo’s first possession for its longest rush of the season. Two plays later, the Bills used some trickery to take the lead when John Brown threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Allen to make it 7-0. Brown’s pass was wobbly, but Allen was wide open despite having to slow down to grab it.It was early in the second quarter when Allen appeared to fumble, and it was recovered by Houston. But the play was reviewed and overturned, giving Buffalo the ball at the Houston 32. The Bills were unable to move the ball after that and made a 40-yard field goal to make it 10-0.The Bills (10-7) added another 40-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to push the lead to 13-0 at halftime.The Bills got a field goal in the third quarter to push their lead to 16 before Allen’s struggles began.“You can’t let a team like that hang around,” McDermott said. “We had opportunities to go up 20 or so and we didn’t come away with touchdowns. So that let them hang around a little bit, and then they made some plays in the second half.”Houston (11-6) cut the lead to 16-8 when Deshaun Watson scored on a 20-yard run and the Texans added a 2-point conversion.The Bills were driving early in the fourth quarter when Allen was sacked by Whitney Mercilus and fumbled, and it was recovered by Jacob Martin at the Buffalo 47. Houston cashed in on the miscue with a 41-yard field goal that cut the lead to 16-11 with about 11 minutes to go.Watson connected with Carlos Hyde on a 5-yard touchdown pass and Hopkins on a 2-point conversion with about five minutes left to put the Texans on top 19-16.The Bills were in field-goal range on their next drive when Allen got a 14-yard penalty for intentional grounding and Buffalo lost a down to bring up fourth down. They went for it and Allen was sacked by Martin for a 19-yard loss to give Houston the ball back with 1:41 left.“We didn’t execute how we should have, and we didn’t make as many plays as we should have,” Allen said. “That’s what it really comes down to. They made one more play than us.”McDermott explained why he went for it on fourth down.“We wanted to be aggressive,” he said. “It didn’t end up working out for us.”But Buffalo got another chance after getting a stop on defence and ended a streak of 19 straight points by the Texans with Stephen Hauschka’s 47-yard field goal that tied it with 5 seconds left to force overtime.Both teams punted on their first possessions of overtime. On Houston’s next drive, Watson evaded a sack by wriggling away from one defender and bouncing off another before rolling out to find Taiwan Jones for a 34-yard reception to set up first-and-goal.Ka’imi Fairbairn then kicked a 28-yard field goal to lift Houston to the victory.The Bills lost despite a strong defensive performance led by Jerry Hughes. He had three of Buffalo’s seven sacks and four of the team’s 12 quarterback hits to become the first player in franchise history with three sacks in a postseason game. He’s the first player in the NFL to have three sacks in the playoffs since Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett also had three in Super Bowl 51. 8 months ago Deepika Padukone looks glam in all-black with her ensembles; see picslast_img read more

Iheanacho Sad over Pellegrini’s Exit from Etihad

first_imgManchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has said that he is “not happy” to see manager Manuel Pellegrini leave the club this summer.Pellegrini took charge of his final game in charge of City on Sunday, a 1-1 draw against Swansea City which all but assured a top-four finish. Pep Guardiola will officially take up the reins on July 1 and is expected to oversee an overhaul of the current squad, with a handful of players set to be shown the door.Iheanacho, 19, will be safe from the cull having demonstrated his promise with 14 goals in his maiden campaign, but he insisted that he will miss working with Pellegrini, who took him on City’s pre-season tours in 2014 and 2015 and handed him a prominent role in the squad this season.“I am not quite happy that he is going, but this is the football world and anything happens,” he told reporters. “I just wish him good luck wherever he goes, and will be praying for him and hope to see in future.“He is a special manager for me and has done great things in my life – he brought me into the first team, introducing me to work with the squad right from pre-season last year.“I am happy for him, for everything he achieved with this team, and happy that he made me a part of it. I won’t forget him, no matter where he goes.“He is popular with the players – he makes people happy when they work with him because he likes to play football.”Iheanacho only received his British work permit last February, bringing an end to a tumultuous period in his fledgling career.He had been stationed in Barcelona and the United States by City as they worked on finalising his paperwork, meaning that although he first played for the club in the summer of 2014, he had to wait over a year for his competitive debut.But even after finally seizing his chance in the first-team, the Nigerian is hopeful of getting even better next season.“I have been playing and scoring goals this season, so it has been a huge difference to what happened to me last season.“But next season I hope to be much better, and score more goals to help the team succeed in all the competitions.”Meanwhile, his father, James is optimistic that the Super Eagles forward will still shine at the club under incoming manager Pep Guardiola.There have been some concerns whether Kelechi will get the same opportunities under Guardiola as he got under Manuel Pellegrini this season, but his father told AfricanFootball.com his boy will feature prominently for the former Barcelona boss.“Kelechi will definitely play under Guardiola and I am sure of that,” James Iheanacho said.“He has done well whenever he has been given opportunities this season and I am sure the new coach will want to work with him.”The striker’s contract with the club runs until the summer of 2019, though his agent is in talks with City for a new and hugely improved deal at the Etihad.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more