Arsenal could be stuck with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal transfer offers

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal are interested in signing Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)With Rob Holding still at least a month away from being in contention for first team action, Arsenal are in dire need of defensive reinforcements but what remains of their transfer budget is unlikely, at this stage, to be boosted by Mustafi’s sale.According to the BBC, Arsenal are yet to receive concrete interest from any club, while Mustafi is determined to stay and fight for his place.Arsenal have already seen a loan offer for Juventus’ Italy international Daniele Rugani rejected and are struggling to raise the funds required to tempt RB Leipzig into selling £55m-rated Dayot Upamecano.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 Arsenal Arsenal are keen to sell Shkodran Mustafi (Picture: Getty)Arsenal could be lumbered with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal offers for the error-prone centre-half.Arsene Wenger sanctioned the £35million signing of the Germany international three years ago but his performances have deteriorated to such an extend that he is currently close to being unselectable.A section of supporters booed the former Valencia defender after he was introduced as a second half substitute against Lyon 10 days ago and almost immediately committed an error which led to Moussa Dembele’s winning goal.Mustafi was limited to just four minutes of action against Barcelona on Sunday but was again at fault, failing to detect the run of Luis Saurez and allowing the Uruguay international to score the goal which denied Arsenal a morale boosting draw.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityArsenal begin their Premier League campaign against Newcastle on Sunday and are likely to line-up with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Calum Chambers at the heart of their defence with Unai Emery set to revert to a flat back four, having largely operated with a 3-5-2 formation last term.Club captain Laurent Koscielny is on the verge of finalising his acrimonious departure and signing for Bordeuax, while summer recruit William Saliba has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for another 12 months. Arsenal could be stuck with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal transfer offers Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 12:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link673Shares Commentlast_img read more

Lescott at a loss over away days

first_img Manuel Pellegrini’s men slipped to a fourth defeat in six Barclays Premier League away games this season at Sunderland on Sunday, a run of results which the manager later acknowledged will severely damage their hopes of challenging for honours if they cannot address it as a matter of urgency. However, Lescott is struggling to understand why a team which has been so clinical at the Etihad Stadium – they arrived on Wearside having scored 12 goals in the two home games which preceded the trip to the north-east – is unable to replicate that form away from Manchester. He told City TV: “I’m not sure, it’s hard to say. It’s not like we feel any different going into the game. “Obviously, the atmosphere and the surroundings are a lot different, but every team has to play away and at the minute, we just can’t put it all together and go on a run of results away from home. “Yes, we win the games here and there. We won in the League Cup and then West Ham, but it’s been stop-start away from home, so we need to knuckle down now and pick up some points.” City have now collected just four of the 18 points they have contested on their travels and currently trail leaders Arsenal by six points. But their latest setback was unexpected to say the least with Sunderland languishing inside the relegation zone before kick-off with just a single league victory to their name this season. The visitors’ fate was sealed inside 21 minutes when former Manchester United full-back Phil Bardsley brushed aside James Milner in pursuit of Wes Brown’s ball over the top – referee Mike Dean took a liberal view of his challenge on the midfielder – and cut inside before curling a shot across keeper Costel Pantilimon and inside the far post. City’s response was initially lukewarm, and although they stepped up a gear after the break with the introduction of dangerous winger Jesus Navas and later striker Edin Dzeko, a wealth of possession yielded few clear-cut chances. Bardsley blocked a Navas shot from point-blank range and keeper Vito Mannone pulled off an acrobatic save to deny Dzeko, but the Black Cats held out to maintain their remarkable home record against the visitors. Press Association Sunderland have now beaten City 1-0 on each of their last four league visits, a statistic which further mystifies Lescott. Asked why he and his team-mates have found life at the Stadium of Light so challenging, he said: “I don’t know, it’s one of those things. It’s hard to say. “Normally when you lose a game, you can put your finger on why and the reasons for that, but I can’t see that today. “I honestly don’t believe we should have lost the game and it’s disappointing to come away with nothing. “They defended well – you have got to give them some credit. As much as maybe we deserved to get something, their game-plan was spot-on. “Similar to Cardiff, they worked hard. Every player worked extremely hard and did the job asked by the manager, obviously. “We have got to give some credit to Sunderland, but we are disappointed with the result. It’s happened now four years on the trot, so it’s not a very easy place for us to come at the moment. “But overall, I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. “Maybe they had a bit more appetite in the first half than we showed at certain times, but overall, I definitely thought we should have come out with something at the end of the game.” Joleon Lescott is at a loss to explain Manchester City’s failings on the road.last_img read more

What to know about Syracuse’s 2nd round ACC tournament opponent: North Carolina

first_imgNo.6-seeded Syracuse (17-14, 10-10 Atlantic Coast) starts its ACC tournament gauntlet against North Carolina (14-18, 6-14) in the Greensboro Coliseum. SU would’ve played Pittsburgh had the Orange won their regular-season finale against Miami. The No. 14 Tar Heels toppled Virginia Tech in the first round on Tuesday night.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. The team that wins will face-off against No. 3 Louisville on March 12 at 9 p.m. All-time series: Syracuse trails, 13-4, and has lost the last nine matchups. Last time they played: In front of a star-studded crowd, Cole Anthony led UNC to a 92-79 win on Feb. 29 in the Carrier Dome. The potential top-NBA Draft pick scored 25 points on seven 3-pointers, five of which came in the second half. Garrison Brooks led all scorers with 26 points. Buddy Boeheim scored 22 points for SU and Bourama Sidibe posted a double-double (17 points, 15 rebounds). The Tar Heels report: Head coach Roy Williams called the 2019-20 Tar Heels “the least gifted team I’ve ever coached in the time that I’ve been back here,” on Jan. 7. Yet, North Carolina bounced back from a horrid start to win four of its last five. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince beating SU, UNC’s bested Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. It last lost at Cameron Indoor to rival Duke. Per KenPom, the Tar Heels rank 62nd in adjusted-offensive efficiency and 89th in the defensive counterpart. Anthony leads UNC in scoring (19.1 points per game) while shooting 35.6% from behind the arc. In his last two games, however, he’s shot 7-for-24 for 19 combined points. Brooks has recently spearheaded UNC’s offense, scoring 46 points in that same timeframe. North Carolina is still on-pace to miss its first NCAA Tournament since 2010 but has become a trendy-pick for a run in the conference tournament. How Syracuse beats North Carolina: SU needs to secure its 3-point defense first and foremost. It has allowed 40 3-pointers in its last three games, including a program-high 19 at Boston College on March 3. Anthony splintered the 2-3 zone with his passing and shooting in the first meeting between the sides and could do it again in Greensboro. Offensively, Syracuse needs to find its own 3-point success. It hasn’t converted more than eight deep balls since Jan. 11 against Virginia. The correlative offensive dip has sunk SU at times, and it’ll rely on recent-ACC first-team selection Elijah Hughes. The redshirt-junior banged his head against Sidibe’s knee against Miami on March 10 and was “blurry” according to head coach Jim Boeheim. Hughes is reportedly ready-to-go for Wednesday night’s matchup, Boeheim announced on Tuesday.  Stat to know: 35.3 — North Carolina’s offensive-rebound percentage, which ranks 12th in the country. UNC totaled 13 offensive boards in the Dome earlier this season.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 54% chance to win the game, with a projected final score of 76-75. Player to watch: Brandon Robinson, guard, No. 4The senior hit five 3s against the Hokies on Tuesday night and leads UNC in 3-point percentage (37.6%) and deep-makes (59). If SU’s defense starts to break down, look for Robinson to be a main benefactor.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2020 at 12:33 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

Marc Staal injury update: New York Rangers defenseman undergoes surgery for infection in ankle

first_imgThe 13-year veteran will miss two weeks following ankle surgery, the team announced Saturday. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks following the surgery in order to treat an infection in his ankle.UPDATE: Marc Staal underwent a surgical procedure for an infection in his ankle and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 9, 2019MORE: Gary Bettman calls Olympics ‘incredibly disruptive’ to NHL season Marc Staal has had a roller coaster of a 2019-20 campaign — playing in 11 of the team’s 14 games, a healthy scratch in three games spanning Oct. 29 through Nov. 4.Now, he will be missing time as an unhealthy scratch. Staal played both ends of a back-to-back against the Red Wings and Hurricanes on Wednesday and Thursday, logging 18:19 and 16:56 TOI respectively.He has just one goal and one assist on the season with his lone tally marking the first of the season for the Rangers.Marc Staal wrapped up that play nicely. #NHLFaceOff— NHL (@NHL) October 3, 2019His three healthy scratches were the first of his career. Staal is under contract with the Rangers through 2020-21, earning $5.7 million AAV.last_img read more

Security State Bank will take over Wheat Festival Wheat Run, race back downtown

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Wheat Festival Wheat Run has been a Saturday morning tradition for Wellington’s premiere week-long event. It originally started as a downtown race, but moved to Hargis Creek as a cross country race.This year the one mile and 5K race (3.1 miles) is returning to its roots and will once again be a downtown event.Security State Bank of Wellington is now the primary sponsor. The race will be held on Saturday, July 11. The 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the mile race follows at 8:30 a.m. Both races will be ran in Wellington starting at C and Harvey, behind the Security State Bank.SSB will have pre-registration of $20 for one race and $25 if registering for both races. Race day registration will be an extra $5. T-shirts will be guaranteed to those who preregistered by June 30, 2015. So early registration is a must to ensure your size is available. A registration form can be found here:Kansas Wheat Run brochure 6-19-15There will be 18 male and female age divisions for both the one mile and 5K:5 and under6-78-910-1213-1516-1920-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-6465-6970-7980+Race Day packet pickups will be at SSB Thursday, Friday and race day. Registration will be near the start/finish line, beginning at 6:30 a.m.For additional questions, call Jodie Heath at 620-326-7417, e-mail her at [email protected] or fax at 620-326-2280.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

a month agoLampard insists Chelsea not getting overconfident

first_imgLampard insists Chelsea not getting overconfidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has warned his Chelsea about getting ahead of themselves. The Blues are sixth after Saturday’s first home win of the season against Brighton.”I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves because what we have shown so far this season is moments and patches of games with good stuff where we want to get to, and other moments where we haven’t done so,” he said. “So I think to get overconfident at this point would be wrong on my part and the team’s part.”With the young players, and some have been making their full debuts for Chelsea this season, we must give them time and we will get better. I think it was the movement of the ball. We are working a lot on trying to keep switching the play and in moving it from side to side.”Sometimes we forget that and we forget ourselves that we slow it down too much. It is something I don’t like to see. I don’t think it helps the crowd or the atmosphere when you slow it down and go back to the goalkeeper and across sideways when you can play forward.”At times when we were at our best, we play forward, we played punchier, we were sharper and that’s what made us create so many chances. I was pleased and that’s why I wanted to be really positive at half-time because it is easy to lose patience or to stop doing the right things because it is not coming off.”We were actually creating. The point was to keep doing the right things, to keep moving it quickly and believe it was going to come and it did. Every game is different, you have to consider that, but at our best I want us to have a feeling that we are a team that I like watching myself – a team that are sharp and have energy because we have that quality. It is about trying to put that all together.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days ago​Wanyama admits Tottenham exit talk made unsettled him

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Wanyama admits Tottenham exit talk made unsettled himby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has admitted that he was unsettled by talk about his future this summer.The veteran defensive midfielder was linked with a move away to the club, and he almost got it through a transfer to Club Brugge.But the move fell through and Wanyama is focusing on fighting for his place in the team.And he admits the summer speculation had an impact on his focus.”Of course I was unsettled with the transfer news because it was coming in the news every day,” Wanyama told”What happened in the transfer window is passed me now and my main focus is to train as hard as I can to make sure I regain my position in the team.”I don’t think it is difficult to win my position back, I just need to push myself even harder and keep working hard in training to achieve the same and I know it will happen soon.” last_img read more

Video: Notre Dame’s C.J. Prosise Busts A 91-Yard Touchdown Run To Seal Big Win Over Georgia Tech

first_imgNotre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Georgia Tech, one of the ACC favorites, went to South Bend as three point favorites over a Notre Dame team reeling from the injury to quarterback Malik Zaire, and the result was pretty shocking. The Irish wound up blowing out the Yellow Jackets, and running back C.J. Prosise put the exclamation point on things, busting a 91-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Tech defense to make the lead 30-7.CJ Prosise 91 yard run— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) September 19, 2015How do our guys celebrate a 198-yard, 3 TD rushing performance from CJ Prosise? Take a look:— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 19, 2015Late in the fourth quarter, Prosise has 198 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Prosise is filling in for the injured Tarean Folston, who went down in the season opener. He certainly looks the part thus far.last_img read more

Butler’s Video Tribute To Andrew Smith Is Incredibly Touching

first_imgButler's mascot during an NCAA Tournament game.HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 04: The Butler Bulldogs mascot performs before taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Butler basketball program lost a Bulldog great this week, with the passing of Andrew Smith, who played center on Brad Stevens’ back-to-back Final Four teams. Smith lost his battle to cancer on Tuesday, and today, Butler honored the 2013 grad before today’s game against St. John’s with an incredibly moving video tribute and moment of silence.The video tribute and moment of silence for Andrew Smith today at Hinkle Fieldhouse….— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) January 16, 2016Andrew’s widow Samantha Smith gave a speech at halftime. The Bulldogs will wear an “AS44” patch for the rest of the season.“AS44” patch to be worn by #Butler rest of season in memory of #AndrewSmithStrong. Team will attend service Sunday.— Rich Nye (@TheSportsGuy13) January 14, 2016Our thoughts go out to the Smith family, and the Butler community.last_img read more