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. Advertisement
Doha: Long jumper M Sreeshankar failed to reach the final after a disappointing performance while 400m hurdler M P Jabir made it to the semifinals on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Friday. Another 400m hurdler Dharun Ayyasamy, the national record holder, tumbled after the last hurdle in his heat to fail to qualify for the semifinals. The 20-year-old Sreeshankar could only produce a best jump of 7.62m from his three attempts in the qualification B to finish 22nd overall. His effort was well below his season’s best of 8.00m, which he had produced only last month in Patiala. Later in the day, Jabir finished third in the heat number one and 11th overall in men’s 400m hurdle with a time of 49.62 seconds to qualify for the semifinals to be held on Saturday. He has a season’s and personal best of 49.13. Ayyasamy could only clock 50.55 as he lost precious time after hitting the final hurdle. He finished sixth in heat number five and 27th overall to miss out of the semifinals. Ayyasamy, who had recovered from an injury recently, has a personal and season’s best of 48.80. The first four in each of the five heats and the next four fastest qualify for the 400m hurdles semifinals. Also Read | India’s Jinson Johnson Clinches Silver In 1500m, Qualifies For World ChampionshipThe first Indian to take the field on Friday was Sreeshankar, who has a personal best and national record of 8.20m. He began with a 7.52m before clearing 7.62m. He then fouled his third and final jump to end his campaign in disappointment. The automatic mark for the finals was set at 8.15m but only one jumper could touch it. The 11 other best performers went through to the finals with the least distance making the cut was 7.89m.Also Read | Hima Das Ruled Out Of Athletics World Championship Due To Back Injury Sreeshankar’s 7.62m effort here was his second worst this season. He had 7.53m in the qualifying round of the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow last month. This season, he has been consistent around 7.80m with three jumps in the 7.90s, besides the 8.00m in Patiala on August 16. Sreeshankar was, however, placed second last in terms of the season’s best among the 27 jumpers who took part in the qualification round. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
No. 10 Marquette and Villanova square off Wednesday in a battle between the top two schools in the Big East. These schools met earlier this season when Marquette won a close one over Villanova, 66-65, at home on Feb. 9. Markus Howard, who currently leads Marquette with 25.3 points per game, had 38 points, including five 3-pointers, in the first meeting with Villanova. Marquette is in first place of the Big East with its 23-4 record. They have won nine of their last 10 games and are coming off a 76-58 win over Providence. MORE: Watch Marquette vs. Villanova live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)With a 20-8 record, a now unranked Villanova team finds itself just behind Marquette in second place of the Big East standings. The Wildcats will look to snap their three-game losing streak with a win. Suffering just two home losses this season, the odds are in their favor to turn things around. Here’s everything you need to know about this Big East face off. When does Marquette play Villanova?Marquette will play Villanova on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET. Marquette vs. Villanova TV channel, live streamThis game will be aired nationally on FS1. You can also stream the game live online with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Where is the Marquette-Villanova game being played?The Villanova Wildcats will host the Marquette Golden Eagles at its home, the Wells Fargo Center.