Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reveals his plan for ‘massive player’ Mesut Ozil

first_imgArsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reveals his plan for ‘massive player’ Mesut Ozil Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 5:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil can be a ‘massive player’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says it’s his responsibility to get the best out of Mesut Ozil, a player he believes can be ‘massive’ for the football club.Arteta’s predecessor, Unai Emery, was less than impressed with Ozil’s work-rate and performance level in training throughout his 18-month stay in north London and the German found himself exiled from the first-team.Ozil is yet to score and has only registered one assist in the Premier League this season and recent reports have suggested that the playmaker could be set for a move to Fenerbahce this January.Arteta was in Manchester City’s dugout at the Emirates last weekend and witnessed first hand Ozil’s strop after being substituted in the second half of Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first 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 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conference 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.However, Arteta knows how influential Ozil can be when he ‘ticks’ from the time they shared as team-mates at Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s a massive player for this football club. What I want is I want to understand how they’re feeling and what they need,’ Arteta said at his opening press conference as Arsenal boss.‘You have to understand them because sometimes with conversations you get to understand a point.‘When you understand them I can take the excuses out of them and focus on the things that are relevant and have an impact for the team on the pitch and off the pitch.‘Of course he’s a massive player. I worked with him and I know when he ticks what he can bring to the team. My job is to get the best out of him, of course.’ Ozil has been heavily linked with Fenerbahce in recent days (Picture: Getty)Many have questioned Arteta’s appointment at Arsenal due to the Spaniard’s lack of experience in top-level management, but he insists he would not have taken the job if he did not feel he was ‘ready’ for such a big job.‘If I wouldn’t feel ready and prepared for this I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair,’ he added.‘The first priority is to change the energy. Last week I was here with Manchester City and I felt a little bit down.‘I want to get everybody in the club with the same mindset. We have to build a culture that sustains the rest.More: 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 City‘My job is to convince everybody that this is how we’re going to live. If you’re going to be part of this organisation it’s going to be this way.‘We need the fans. We need to engage them, to transmit our behaviour and intention. That’s the only way they’ll give us a little bit and we’ll feel that connection.‘When you’re outside this football club you look at it and think wow, this is massive.’MORE: Charlie Nicholas wanted Brendan Rodgers as Arsenal manager but praises ‘second-choice’ Mikel Arteta Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Champions League: Wolfsburg Shocks Real Madrid

first_imgThe Spaniards, who also saw Karim Benzema limp off with a foot injury in the 40th minute, enjoyed a strong start but never recovered from the quick two-goal strike by the Wolves and were lucky not to have conceded a third in the second half.Elsewhere on the night, Fernandinho’s deflected goal earned Manchester City a draw at Paris St-Germain.Kevin de Bruyne’s clinical finish gave City the lead after Joe Hart saved Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty for PSG.Ibrahimovic capitalised on Fernando’s error to equalise and Adrien Rabiot tapped in after the break to put French champions PSG in front.Fernandinho’s scuffed effort gave City a potentially vital second away goal.The second leg takes place at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday April 12.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Real Madrid suffered its first defeat in the Champions League this season when it was surprisingly beaten 2-0 at VfL Wolfsburg in the quarterfinal first leg yesterday.The Germans were celebrating a memorable last-eight debut after Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty in the 18th minute and Maximilian Arnold’s strike in the 25th stunned the visitors only four days after their ‘Clasico’ win in Spain over Barcelona.Despite making just one change to the lineup that started against Barca, Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s team will now go into the return leg in Madrid next week with a clear disadvantage.last_img read more

UFC Fort Lauderdale: Jack Hermansson shines in short-notice win over Souza

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearBut aside from the naming issues and trying to figure out where the event aired (the main card was on ESPN+ for those keeping score at home), the one thing that was never laughable or amusing was the deep of talent scheduled to compete on this fight card.While this one was “just another Saturday fight card” in the eyes of some, real fans knew this was a stacked event from start to finish, with quality early prelims, a strong four-pack of fights airing on the ESPN portion of the prelims and a six-fight main card that included an interesting lightweight prospect returning to action, a new name in the bantamweight division getting a step up in competition, a pair of legit “this should be fun” fights that still carried divisional significance, the sophomore appearance of an overpushed, underprepared heavyweight and a main event that could end up determining the next title challenger in the middleweight division.This was an intriguing card on paper and it delivered inside the Octagon on Saturday evening at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.Here’s a look at how the main card played out and the key takeaways from each contest:Jack Hermansson scores dominant win over ‘Jacare’ SouzaThis is how you make the most of a short-notice, main event opportunity.Jumping back into the cage just a few weeks after finishing David Branch, Hermansson started fast, survived a push in the middle round and pulled away down the stretch to score the biggest win of his career, sweeping the scorecards against the perennial contender Souza.”The Joker” worked combinations and quality footwork to sting Souza on the feet early before threatening with his patented off-set, arm-in guillotine choke, but couldn’t get the Brazilian out of there. After Souza appeared to shift the momentum in his favor with a dominant third round, Hermansson rallied, getting back on his bike, getting back to throwing combinations and outworking Souza over the final 10 minutes to secure his fourth straight victory.WHAT A FINISH by @GloverTeixeira ! #UFCFtLauderdale on ESPN+— UFC (@ufc) April 28, 2019What it means:  The shake-up in the middleweight division continues.Souza was a fixture in the top five and had been “promised” a title shot with a victory, but now Hermansson has bounced him from the queue and usurped his position. While a title shot isn’t likely to come for the Scandinavian standout, he’s made it clear that he’s a player in the 185-pound weight class.People have been sleeping on Hermansson for a while and many still didn’t consider him a factor even after his quick finish of Branch in Philadelphia, but there is no way to overlook him any further because only contenders have gotten the better of Souza in the past and the 30-year-old from Sweden just beat him soundly.What’s going to be interesting to see is where Souza goes from here. He’s 39 and just got bounced from the title mix. He’s now 1-2 in his last three and 2-3 in his last five, which shows how crucial this fight was overall. Souza is talented enough to make another run, but a position as the gatekeeper to the upper echelon might be the more likely landing spot for him going forward.Greg Hardy mauls Dmitrii Smoliakov for first UFC victoryAfter losing his promotional debut by disqualification in January, Hardy picked up his first UFC win Saturday, steamrolling and stopping the returning Smoliakov.Right out of the gate, it was clear that Smoliakov had zero interest in standing with Hardy, who clipped him with an uppercut on a hurried, telegraphed entry that he stopped with ease. From there, Hardy went searching for a home for his clubbing power shots, catching Smoliakov with an uppercut that dropped him before getting him out of there with heavy ground-and-pound.4️⃣straight in the Octagon for @Cors_Life 👊 #UFCFtLauderdale on ESPN+— UFC (@ufc) April 28, 2019What it means:  Not much, really, but that’s fine.Look, Hardy is green and needs to continue gaining experience and being given a chance to develop as a fighter. Don’t mistake the fact that he has been in the co-main event for each of his UFC appearances as a sign that he needs a serious step up in competition next time out; that’s not what the UFC is looking to do and it shouldn’t be what anyone wants, until they’re just eager to see Hardy get stomped.Let him spend another three months working with the crew at American Top Team and then drop him in there with another Smoliakov or Allen Crowder next time out. He has potential, but he’s a long way from being a finished product, so think long term, let him work and see what happens.’Platinum’ Mike Perry batters Alex Oliveira at homeExpected to be a Fight of the Night contender from the minute it was booked, Perry and Oliveira delivered and the hometown favorite sent the partisan crowd at the BB&T Center into hysterics by finding his comfort zone and outworking the Brazilian over the final two rounds to secure the unanimous decision victory.Oliveira started hot and took the fight to Perry, mixing up his strikes and cutting Perry below the eye very early. At times, the popular welterweight appeared to be in trouble, but he did a good job of riding out the storm, landing a few shots of his own in return and keeping Oliveira honest.Perry seemed to wake up over the final two rounds, showing more aggression and connecting with far more power shots than he did in the first.  As the Brazilian “Cowboy” tired in the third, Perry pressed forward, distancing himself down the stretch to secure the 2-1 nod on all three scorecards.Strong end of the round for @PlatinumPerry #UFCFtLauderdale on ESPN+— UFC (@ufc) April 28, 2019What it means: While neither man is a contender at welterweight, this one still helps delineate things in the 170-pound weight class.Perry had looked great against overmatched opponents or fading veterans, but now he has a very good win under his belt. That should help cement his standing as a top-25 welterweight and keep him in the mix for a couple more fights like this or perhaps even slightly bigger opportunities going forward.He’s a fun addition to every card he’s on and a huge favorite with fans, so he’ll remain a fixture in prime spots like this. If he can string together a few more key victories, then he could work his way into the top 15.The same still applies to Oliveira. The fun-loving veteran is hyperactive both in terms of his offensive output inside the Octagon and the number of times he competes every year. You need fighters like that in every division and he’s entrenched in the 16-to-25 range in the deep welterweight ranks, so Oliveira won’t be going anywhere any time soon.Glover Teixeira rallies, submits Ion CutelabaThere was a point in the opening round where it looked like Cutelaba had Teixeira dead to rights.”The Hulk” connected with a spinning back fist that caught the veteran clean and caused him to stagger, giving the young mauler from Moldova an opportunity to swarm and search for the finish. Although he clearly had Teixeira hurt, the finishing window quickly closed and the fight continued.Once it got to the second, Teixeira started having more success while Cutelaba began to slow down and midway through the frame, the Brazilian landed flush, rocking Cutelaba and creating a finishing opportunity of his own, climbing around to back mount and finishing with a quick, deep rear-naked choke.WHAT A FINISH by @GloverTeixeira ! #UFCFtLauderdale on ESPN+— UFC (@ufc) April 28, 2019What it means:  This was a wildly entertaining fight while it lasted and one that serves as a reminder of the levels that exist in the light heavyweight division, as well as the fact that Teixeira is still a tough cuss who has no interest in being a stepping stone for the next generation just yet.A former title challenger, Teixeira has settled in at the bottom of the top 10 and it feels like the right place for him, as he’s a skilled, savvy veteran who can pile up appearances in fights like this for a couple more years. Have him continue to be the litmus test for some of the newer names in the division and if he wins a few more, move him up into a more significant matchup.As for Cutelaba, he continues to show flashes of potential, but struggles with regulating himself. He’s got big power and is a tough matchup because of his pressure style, but he gasses himself out and once he’s tired, his fundamentals fall to pieces. If he can tighten some of that up, he could blossom into being a contender because there are always going to be opportunities at light heavyweight.But even if nothing changes, Cutelaba should enjoy a lengthy run as an all-action fixture in the 205-pound ranks.Cory Sandhagen edges John Lineker in electric bantamweight battleAfter initially being scheduled to clash in January, these two bantamweights finally shared the Octagon on Saturday and good lord, was it fun.Both men had their moments in the 15-minute affair, with Sandhagen pumping out volume and Lineker bombing away with his trademark power shots. Each of the first two rounds was close, with the American using his footwork and expansive arsenal to pick at Lineker while the Brazilian was doing what he is known to do, firing off punishing body shots and thudding hooks in every exchange.Just when it seemed like Sandhagen was pulling away in the third, Lineker connected flush, forcing a panic shot from the surging upstart that resulted in Lineker latching onto a tight guillotine. While he was able to send blood spurting from Sandhagen’s nose, he wasn’t able to get the tap.4️⃣straight in the Octagon for @Cors_Life 👊 #UFCFtLauderdale on ESPN+— UFC (@ufc) April 28, 2019What it means:  This was a tremendous fight and both men turned in outstanding performances, with Sandhagen picking up the biggest win of his career and graduating from prospect to contender.His movement and ability to deliver effective offense from various looks, levels and disciplines slowed Lineker at times, as Sandhagen was able to get him to bite on numerous feints and connect with counters as Lineker swung wide. Although he slowed a little in the third and got stuck with a couple, the Elevation Fight Team member was able to keep his wits about him and secure a fourth straight UFC victory.Bantamweight is flush with talent, including lots of promising young up-and-comers, plus the title picture is currently hazy, but Sandhagen has reached the fringes of contention and should end up facing an even bigger name next time out. He has top-end potential and while he may end up stumbling before he gets there, expect Sandhagen to be a contender for years to come.Even though he came out on the wrong side of things, nothing changes for Lineker as a result of this fight. He’s still a top-10 fixture. He’s still a power-punching terror. He’s still a dangerous guardian to the elite ranks in the bantamweight division and a guy who can be counted on for performances like this every time out. Roosevelt Roberts sweeps the cards against Thomas GiffordA long-range prospect in the lightweight division, Roberts impressed on the Contender Series last summer before choking out Darrell Horcher in his promotional debut before the end of the year. For his sophomore effort, the unbeaten upstart squared off with seasoned regional vet and promotional newcomer Gifford, outworking him over all three rounds to earn his eighth straight win in the process. 8️⃣- 0️⃣Roosevelt Roberts remains undefeated at #UFCFtLauderdale— UFC (@ufc) April 28, 2019What it means:  No one is going to look back on this fight as one of the biggest moments of Roberts’ career, but make no mistake about it — this was a crucial bout that will pay serious dividends for the undefeated lightweight in the long run.Roberts had finished everyone he’d faced prior to Saturday night, so getting to log 15 hard minutes against an awkward guy like Gifford, who continually made him work, will end up helping the 25-year-old more than a first-round stoppage win. In every round, Roberts had to deal with awkward scrambles and attacks from Gifford, who was constantly searching for opportunities to attack off his back. Although he was never really close on anything, it kept Roberts honest and forced him to make adjustments.There is a ton of depth at lightweight and zero reason to rush Roberts, who called out Matt Frevola and spoke to UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby about the matchup immediately following this bout. It’s a great matchup and the kind of incremental step up in competition that makes a lot of sense for Roberts at this point of his career. UFC Fort Lauderdale resultsMiddleweight:  Jack Hermansson def. Ronaldo Souza by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)Heavyweight:  Greg Hardy def. Dmitrii Smoliakov by TKO (strikes) at 2:15 of Round 1Welterweight:  Mike Perry def. Alex Oliveira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-29, 29-28)Light heavyweight:  Glover Teixeira def. Ion Cutelaba by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:37 of Round 2Bantamweight:  Cory Sandhagen def. John Lineker by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Lightweight:  Roosevelt Roberts def. Thomas Gifford by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Welterweight:  Takashi Sato def. Ben Saunders by TKO (elbows and punches) at 1:18 of Round 2Heavyweight:  Augusto Sakai def. Andrei Arlovski by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Strawweight:  Carla Esparza def. Virna Jandiroba by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)Lightweight:  Gilbert Burns def. Mike Davis by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:16 of Round 2Lightweight:  Jim Miller def. Jason Gonzalez by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:12 of Round 1Strawweight:  Angela Hill def. Jodie Esquibel by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)Welterweight:  Dhiego Lima def. Court McGee by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) There are a handful of easy digs that could be made at the expense of Saturday’s UFC event in South Florida.From the fact that no one was quite sure what to call it — UFC Sunrise? UFC Fort Lauderdale? UFC Fight Night 150? — to the uncertainty of whether it was airing on ESPN or the company’s over-the-top streaming service and the fact that the main event changed not once, not twice, but thrice, there were a few ways this card could make you shake your head.last_img read more