How Mikel Arteta and Edu convinced Gabriel to join Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Sep 2020 4:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Comment Advertisement Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille (Picture: AP)New Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes has confirmed the influence of Mikel Arteta and Edu proved decisive in his decision to join the Gunners.The Brazilian centre-half’s arrival was confirmed on Tuesday after Arsenal agreed a £27milion fee with Lille and made the 22-year-old their second major signing of the summer.Gabriel had been tracked by the likes of Napoli and had even been on the radar of Manchester United but ultimately decided to join his compatriots Gabriel Martinelli, David Luiz and fellow new-boy Willian in north London. Edu, the club’s technical director, has taken on added responsibility in helping Arteta accelerate his rebuilding job following the departure of Raul Sanllehi earlier this month and the former Arsenal midfielder played a crucial role in the signing of his club’s latest recruit.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘[Edu and I] had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had many good conversations,’ Gabriel told Arsenal Digital. How Mikel Arteta and Edu convinced Gabriel to join Arsenal Edu and Mikel Arteta helped convince Gabriel to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘As the days went by I was getting very excited about it, then I had a call from the coach and that was very reassuring. ‘Having the coach himself calling you to say he wants you in his squad motivates you a lot. That is the very reason I am here today. ‘We did not talk about [details], he just told me he is aware of my quality, my capacity and how far I can go. He also said he will be very demanding with me.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‘I know he is a great coach and I will make progress with his help.’Arteta, who enhanced his burgeoning reputation by masterminding Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool last weekend, now has an abundance of central defenders at his disposal.Rob Holding starred at Wembley against the champions but he is interesting the likes of Newcastle, while Calum Chambers could return to Fulham, while the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi are likely to be deemed surplus to requirements. MORE: ‘I’ll be absolutely buzzing!’ Kieran Tierney desperate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new Arsenal contractMORE: Arsenal defender Rob Holding close to Newcastle loan moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

USC loses big to crosstown rival

first_imgOn Sunday night, USC was presented with an opportunity to upend UCLA in front of a season-high crowd of 8,474 at the Galen Center. Instead, the Trojans lost their sixth straight game in blowout fashion, 66-47. The loss dropped USC to 5-13 overall and 0-5 in Pac-12 play. The Trojans shot a dismal 18-50 (36 percent) from the floor and were outrebounded by the Bruins 44-19.Denied · Freshman guard Alexis Moore, who scored nine points, goes in for a basket. Only one Trojan scored more than 10 points Sunday. – Luciano Nunez| Daily Trojan“We’re struggling to score, obviously, it’s been one of our problems all year,” coach Kevin O’Neill said. “We don’t make enough [shots].”Only one Trojan, sophomore Maurice Jones, reached double figures with 13 points. Meanwhile, the Bruins got strong contributions from sophomore redshirt Travis Wear, senior Lazeric Jones, and sophomore redshirt David Wear, who poured in 19, 15, and 13 points respectively.“I think [UCLA is] an ever-improving team,” O’Neill said. “It would appear to me that these guys have really started to move in the right direction as a group. They’ve got some weapons on the front line that are tough to deal with.”Initially, the matchup between cross-town rivals was fairly competitive. USC jumped out to a 6-2 lead and found themselves tied with UCLA at 9-9 a little more than midway through the first half. The Bruins, however, went on a 28-10 run going into halftime and cruised the rest of the way for the victory.“We have to give UCLA credit. They came out and played a great game and we didn’t match their energy,” freshman guard Alexis Moore said.The Bruins (10-7, 3-2 in the Pac-12) shot a blistering 64 percent in the first half, helping them open up a big advantage. They only outscored USC by one point in the final twenty minutes, but it was too little, too late for the Trojans.“Honestly, we embarrassed ourselves, we did a disservice to the university in our effort and how we played,” freshman guard Alexis Moore said.Coach O’Neill was blunt about the state of his team, now losers of nine of their last ten games.“We’ve been bit [sic] by this injury bug, combined with losing a couple of recruiting classes, we are what we are,” O’Neill said.The “injury bug” most recently afflicted junior redshirt forward Aaron Fuller and junior center James Blasczyk, both of whom were unable to practice all week leading up to the game against UCLA. Even so, Coach O’Neill refused to make any excuses following the loss.“What we’ve got to do is get back to work tomorrow, try to get better and move forward,” O’Neill said. “We obviously didn’t play well tonight.”The lone bright spot for the Trojans came at halftime, when USC’s all-time leading scorer, Harold Miner, had his jersey retired by the university. Miner scored 2,048 points in three seasons (1989-1992) and was Sports Illustrated’s college basketball player of the year in 1992.“[Miner’s] a great guy,” O’Neill said. “He’s a first-class individual in every way. I think it was an honor to have him back here.”USC will travel to Oregon this week to take on the Ducks (13-5, 4-2) on Thursday and the Oregon State Beavers (11-7, 1-5) on Saturday. The Trojans know there is plenty of work to be done if they want to turn things around.“Offensively, there’s still some things we need to work on,” Moore said. “But one thing we have tried to do is remain together as a team, because no one else is going to have our back except the guys in the locker room and the staff that works with us.”last_img read more

Beach volleyball looks to finish perfect season

first_imgComing off a solid road victory up at Stanford on Tuesday, the No. 1 USC beach volleyball team (26-0) is back home and ready to wrap up the regular season as it hosts a pair of California teams for two dual matches on Thursday afternoon. The Trojans will put their 56-match winning streak on the line when they welcome No. 5 Long Beach State and Cal State Bakersfield to the friendly confines of Merle Norman Stadium, where USC has won its last 12 straight matches. Furthermore, the Trojans will look to win their 88th dual in their last 90 tries.Senior All-Americans Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, the first pair in NCAA history to reach 100 wins together (123-4 overall, .968), headline the current undefeated Trojan squad at the top court after setting a national record with 103 consecutive victories from April 2, 2015 to April 8, 2017. The two veterans have the benefit of experience on their side, having played together at court one since their sophomore years. However, the other four USC pairs have all had to adjust to new partners in 2017, with 14 different lineup changes being used throughout the season due to various injuries. But with a team as deep as USC’s, Hughes knows how big of a luxury it is to have players on the roster that can come in and step up when called upon.“I’m not surprised at how well our team has adjusted,” Hughes said. “I think that’s a big thing for us this year — we have depth from top to bottom, from our ones to our fives and even our exhibition pairs. People are working really hard in practice and pushing each other to get better, and that has been great for us as a whole.”The Trojan depth has been on full display so far this season despite the lineup changes, with three different USC pairs notching at least 20 wins this season. One of those successful pairs is the tandem of juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer at the No. 5 spot. With a 28-3 overall mark together on the season and a 24-1 record in dual matches, Belton and Kremer will look to extend their own winning streak to 10 consecutive matches with two wins on Thursday. Finally, the No. 3 pair of junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin have posted 24 overall wins (seven losses) with 21 of those coming in dual play. In total, six pairs have recorded at least 11 wins overall this season.last_img read more

Syracuse shuts out Liberty in season-opener, 24-0

first_img Published on August 31, 2019 at 9:25 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 LYNCHBURG, Va. — Andre Cisco knew that Liberty quarterback Stephen Calvert often doesn’t look off receivers. He followed Calvert’s eyes and ran. Before the pass made it near the intended Liberty receiver, Syracuse’s All-American sophomore safety had the ball trapped in his gloves, prepared to hand the Syracuse offense another opportunity. “That’s just the technique I happened to be playing on that play,” Cisco said. “So I ended up being on that side of the field pretty quick.”No. 22 Syracuse (1-0) scored a few plays later in a 24-0 victory on Saturday evening over Liberty (0-1) at Williams Stadium. In the Orange’s first opening game shutout since 2015, Liberty finished with negative-four net rushing yards and Syracuse tallied eight sacks, its most in a single game since 2009. For a Syracuse team so often defined by head coach Dino Babers’ fast-paced offense and scoring, the first game of 2019 couldn’t have been more different. “You know how hard it is to get a shutout?” said Babers, whose team scored over 40 points per game in 2018. “That’s big in today’s game.”Cisco’s interception bailed Syracuse out of position it was never supposed to be in. Not this year — the year after its best season in nearly two decades. The Orange entered their season-opener ranked for the first time since 1998. It was their opponents first game as an FBS team and their first-year head coach Hugh Freeze had to dictate from a hospital bed in the coaches booth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Syracuse just couldn’t get out of its own way. It started with a fumbled punt. Then, an unsportsmanlike conduct came after a pair of missed tackles, leaving Syracuse back tracking deep into its own zone. A swing from Trill Wiliams arm changed that. The sophomore defensive back clubbed the ball out of a Liberty’s receiver’s hands only for Syracuse to eventually hand the ball back on a fourth down interception. Still, the momentum had shifted. Liberty would barely breach 100 more yards of offense in the game. “It’s something that I haven’t experienced a lot in here,” said senior Kendall Coleman when asked about the defensive dominance. “I’m glad to be a part of it and I think that we just scraped the surface of what we can do this season.”Courtesy of Liberty AthleticsBabers said that SU’s defense, which features eight returning starters, was ahead of its offense all summer long. Four turnovers against Liberty proved that and kept SU near its pace from last year when it finished tied for second in the country in turnovers. It came in part from constant quarterback pressures and 14 tackles for a loss. And from storming defensive end Alton Robinson (.5 sacks) on one side, Coleman (2 sacks) spinning on the other and redshirt junior Josh Black (2 sacks) following close behind in the middle. One play in the third quarter epitomized the absurdity of it all. Syracuse lined up in a 3-3-5, meaning three defensive linemen would rush against six blockers.  Like an assembly line of fighting in an action movie, Coleman passed off each minion on his way to the bad guy.  The offensive tackle was too far outside Coleman off the line. The Orange pass rusher shifted inside where the guard wasn’t fast enough. Then came the short and stout running back, who Coleman spun past. Liberty’s blockers turned and watched as their assignment tore their quarterback down once more. “I’ve never been in a fight,” Coleman said. “But if you get in a street fight with three dudes are you going to fight them all at the same time? I feel like that’d be pretty tough.”After the game, as Babers dissected his team’s up-and-down opening game, he couldn’t help but put the result in perspective. Syracuse struggled at points against Liberty; there’s no doubt about it, but so had other teams across the country. Babers held a list of those teams which struggled in his hands, though he declined to share which teams were on the list. He referenced teams that were favored on Saturday and lost. Teams like Tennessee and Purdue, whose seasons now appear immediately grim. “And all those guys are going home now and they wish they had an ugly game where they won,” Babers said. “Instead they got an ugly game where they lost. I’m happy we got the win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more