Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Watford vs Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Sep 2019 9:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisement Watford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:54FullscreenWatford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/watford-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2005254/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Responding to the managerial change at Watford, Emery said: ‘They finished with Javi Gracia, they did a very great season last year and now they signed a very great coach also with Quique Sanchez Flores.‘I think now he’s going to know the team, the players and he knows some players because he trained them three years ago and I think he is also going to be good also.‘I really respect every coach. I think now with Quique Sanchez Flores, they are going to continue working well like they were doing with Javi Gracia.‘We are going to respect them and prepare for the match thinking of us in the beginning and after, respecting them with their characteristics.‘After, some things can change. Watford are going to be the same in their great spirit like a team and also they are going to push a lot in Watford with their supporters. They have very good players.’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 Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Watford vs Arsenal Nicolas Pepe was sent home early from international duty by Ivory Coast (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is hopeful Nicolas Pepe will be fit enough to play a starring role for Arsenal against Watford on Sunday.The club’s record signing has shown flashes of huge potential during the opening weeks of the new season following his £72million move from Lille.Pepe caught the eye, in particular, during the recent defeat against Liverpool at Anfield, providing the usually unflappable Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson with several uncomfortable moments.The 24-year-old has already operated as a conventional winger and a support striker as Emery continues to tinker with his system and make alterations to his starting line-ups depending on the opposition.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 confirmed on Friday that Alexandre Lacazette would be out of action until October with a persistent ankle injury, which could force Emery to deploy Pepe in the role he filled at Anfield on Sunday alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Pepe was sent home early from international duty by Ivory Coast last week, but Emery his confident his major summer signing will feature at Vicarage Road.‘We decided to keep him here with us [during the international break] & we were working with him to have him ready for Sunday & we think he will be.It is a small problem. Where is it? I don’t know exactly.’Watford have taken only a single point from their opening four matches this season and last weekend parted company with Javi Gracia, who was instantly replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores, who coached the Hornets during the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.last_img read more

Players stand behind Doc Rivers after he is fined $25,000 for Game 5 post-game rant against officials

first_imgIt was no surprise that Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the league for his rant against officials following his team’s controversial 105-104 Game 5 loss at Oklahoma City on Tuesday in the Western Conference semifinals.Rivers lashed out in the post-game news conference after his team blew a 13-point lead with 4:11 to play to fall behind 3-2 in the series. The situation that ticked off Rivers and his players was a play on which the ball appeared to go out of bounds off the hand of OKC’s Reggie Jackson with 11.3 seconds to play, rather than the Clippers’ Matt Barnes.Officials said the replay was inconclusive and the call made on the court stood, the Thunder retaining possession of the ball. Then, with 6.4 seconds left, Chris Paul fouled Russell Westbrook, who was behind the 3-point line. Westbrook made all three free throws for the game’s final points.Rivers afterward said that the call was “brutal” and “horrendous.” He even intimated that officials who said the replay was inconclusive were making up for not having called a foul on Barnes. Barnes backed his coach for backing his players in tough fashion.“I think it was needed,” Barnes said at the morning shootaround ahead of Game 6 Thursday night at Staples Center. “Like I’ve said, he (Rivers) has done a great job all year being a shield for this team, with all the unfortunate stuff that’s come up during the playoffs. He’s done a good job of being a shield and letting us play basketball.”Crawford chimes inLike Barnes, Jamal Crawford stood behind his coach.“He said what he believed,” Crawford said. “We always have coach’s back. He has our backs, we always have his back.” Crawford was asked if this was Rivers having his players’ backs.“Well, yeah, but honestly, he’s had our backs the whole way through, he really has,” he said. “He’s been great. He felt a certain way about a situation and we backed him up for sure.”Rivers fine with fineThe Clippers coach met with reporters before Thursday’s tip-off. Right away, he was asked for a reaction to the penalty, which he expected.“Oh, I don’t care about the fine,” he said. “I thought it was deserved. It was one of the rare times that you actually earn one, so I don’t mind that. It is what it is. The funniest thing about the fine is my assistant got two calls from downtown and (they) wanted to do a payroll deduction of $100 each to help me pay for the fine, which we obviously denied.“But it is a thought. We can raise money right here if you guys all want to pool in.”After reporters stopped laughing, Rivers became a little more serious.“It needed to be said, and it was the truth,” he said of his post-game assault. “It was a call that should have gone our way, and that’s been verified as well. But at the end of the day, like I said, I still look at us as saying we made our own problems. It should have never come to that.” The league released a statement Wednesday saying the call was “correctly” made, but only in the context that it could not be overturned because the replay was inconclusive in the minds of the officials working the game.Barnes on DurantKevin Durant scored 25 points in the first game of this series. But then he went for 31, 36 and 40 before settling for 27 in Game 5 on a night when he shot just 6 of 22 from the field.Barnes played a big role in that poor shooting night Tuesday, as he stayed much closer to the league MVP. He said that was the key.“Just being in him,” Barnes said, when asked about his success on Durant until Durant scored 10 of his points down the stretch. “The first few games I was off him a little bit because I didn’t want him to beat me off the dribble. So I had to be a lot more aggressive being into his body.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more