‘It wasn’t right’: Mikel Arteta takes dig at Unai Emery’s Arsenal career

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 May 2020 6:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Comment Advertisement ‘It wasn’t right’: Mikel Arteta takes dig at Unai Emery’s Arsenal career Advertisement Mikel Arteta admits it wasn’t ‘easy’ to replace Unai Emery (Picture: Youtube)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the ‘energy’ at the club simply ‘wasn’t right’ under Unai Emery.The former Sevilla boss lasted less than 18 months at the Emirates after he replaced Arsene Wenger in 2018.Though Arsenal reached the Europa League final in Emery’s first season, his stint collapsed in his second term and he left the club with the Gunners on a seven-match winless run.Arteta’s appointment has seen an improvement in results but the biggest transformation has been the positivity that the players and supporters have rediscovered since the Spaniard’s arrival. ADVERTISEMENT Results have improved under Arteta (Picture: Getty)And, in a dig at the ‘disconnect’ that Emery created at the club, Arteta says his biggest challenge has been repairing the relationship between the players, management and supporters. AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking to Ian Wright, Arteta said :’It is happening [the transformation]. Coming into the club in that moment wasn’t easy but you mention a key word which is ‘energy’ and I felt that the energy around the training ground and the stadium wasn’t right for this magnificent club. ‘I was here and was lucky to play here so everyone first of all has to feel in that way. ‘There was a lot of disconnection in many areas and I wanted to bring everyone together.‘First of all to make everyone understand how lucky we are to be here and then a very clear direction of where we have to be.’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 CityThough results have improved under Arteta, the Gunners remain outside the top four.However, they were eight points off Champions League qualification when Emery was dismissed and they’re currently five points adrift under Arteta.The Gunners became the first club to open up their training ground during the pandemic, though all players have to adhere to strict social distance guidelines,MORE: Barcelona legend Xavi makes bold prediction on Lionel Messi’s futurelast_img read more

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Ireland to play first Test against Pakistan in 2018

first_imgWELLINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan will be Ireland’s first Test opponents next May after the two countries reached an agreement at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in New Zealand.Ireland and Afghanistan were given full Test status by the ICC in June, taking the total number of Test-playing countries to 12.Bangladesh were the last team to gain Test status in 2000.“We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural test match next year,” Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said in a statement.“It has been our wish to make our test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team, so I‘m delighted.”Deutrom said a venue and exact date for the Test had yet to be confirmed, but the country has played one-day internationals in both Belfast and Dublin.Captain William Porterfield said it was a massive step forward for the side.”It’s fantastic news for Irish cricket,“ Porterfield added. ”It’s going to be a bit special and it’s always great to be a part of history.”Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and I know how much this game will mean to not only the players but all involved with Irish cricket.“It’ll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time.”last_img read more

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Attack Nick Mariano details decision to transfer to Syracuse

first_img Published on August 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Nick Mariano said his lifelong dream has been to play for Syracuse. And after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Massachusetts, he’ll finally be able to fulfill that.“Growing up watching the great players that played there … it’s a real privilege and honor to become part of that list and pedigree of players,” Mariano said. “I just can’t wait and hopefully I run with my opportunity.”Mariano, who totaled 51 goals and 30 assists and started every game over the past two seasons, found out on Monday that he’ll be eligible for the Orange in 2016 after transferring from UMass.The lefty attack joins a position group that is looking to replace starters Kevin Rice and Randy Staats who both graduated, but said their absence wasn’t a big factor in his decision.“It was just more of the tradition and the competitiveness that they play at every day and every game,” Mariano said. “That’s kind of what I wanted. I wanted to play on one of the highest levels I could possibly play in, especially in the ACC.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile reports of Mariano’s transfer came out nearly two months ago, he still needed to complete two online classes at UMass in order to enroll at SU for the fall and be eligible to play this upcoming spring. While the process was stressful for both him and his parents, Mariano said, he was confident he’d complete everything he needed, which he did.Mariano said he was also considering Ohio State, Loyola (Maryland) and Penn State, but ultimately chose Syracuse.“Sometimes you just got to do what’s good for yourself or what’s better for yourself,” Mariano said, “And I figured with the transfer I would be more successful if I went somewhere else. Start fresh at school and on the field.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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