Unai Emery praises Granit Xhaka’s performance and thanks fans for ‘helping’ Arsenal midfielder

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 11:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link169Shares Comment Unai Emery praises Granit Xhaka’s performance and thanks fans for ‘helping’ Arsenal midfielder Advertisement Unai Emery was pleased with Granit Xhaka’s display in Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery praised Granit Xhaka’s display in the aftermath of Arsenal’s woeful 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt and thanked fans for supporting the midfielder.Xhaka was making his first appearance since his sweary outburst at fans last month but it was an evening to forget for the Swiss as Arsenal extended their winless run to seven games.The Gunners only needed a draw to secure a place in the Europa League knockout stages and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them ahead right on half-time in front of a half-empty Emirates.However, a pair of lethal strikes from Daichi Kamada after the break secured a memorable win for the visitors to heap even more pressure on Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Emery appeared close to tears on the touchline during the second half (Picture: Getty)Boos rang out around the ground as Kamada struck home his second goal and Arsenal’s increasingly agitated support once again made their feelings known as Emery and his players made their way off the field.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is reportedly in a desperate battle to keep his job ahead of this weekend’s trip to Norwich, with Nuno Espirito Santo being lined up as a possible replacement. Kamada was Eintracht’s hero at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown suggested that Emery may consider stepping down as manager following the defeat.‘I think he may well have taken the team as far as he can,’ he said on BT Sport.‘We just witnessed an absolute shambles of a performance, the team motivation, the team selection, the performance, the subs, it was dreadful.‘The fans turned many years ago on Terry Neil, things got toxic, we’re getting close to that again. Is he able to motivate the team? He seems to have lost the players.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The desire has ebbed away. The subs he made – you’ve got Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette sitting on the bench when you’re trying to get back into the game.‘He might even feel he needs to step aside now. Change was needed under Wenger but now it looks like the club need to go in another direction again. This is relegation form.‘Do the club really realise how tricky this is going to be? Decisions have to be made otherwise they are going to plunge even further down the table.‘It’s a sad day because we still love the club. It’s sad watching itMORE: Chelsea star Reece James told the area he must improve after Valencia draw Xhaka demanded to play on through the pain (Picture: Getty)Xhaka looked like he may have to be replaced towards the end of the first half after going down with a knock to his knee.However, the Switzerland international demanded to play on through the pain and remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.‘It’s very good news with Granit. We played well and the supporters helped him and I think it’s good news,’ Emery said.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 CityThe Spaniard added: ‘Xhaka wanted to continue playing.‘His match today was good and he helped the team.‘I am being positive but I’m also realistic and we lost against a good opponent.‘We have improved from our last match and we are still first and have the opportunity to qualify, but we missed the opportunity tonight.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

PC, Bishops’ High and Marian Academy win titles at YBG GT/ECD Regionals

first_imgPRESIDENT’S College (PC), Bishops’ High School and Marian Academy claimed victories in the finals of the Boys U-18, Boys U-14 and the Girls Developmental divisions when the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG), National Schools Basketball Festival, Georgetown and East Coast of Demerara Regionals, concluded on Friday evening at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.In the female final, it was a battle between Marian Academy’s guard Kelliann Sauers and Queen’s College power-player Naiomi Barkoye and the duo stepped up big, Sauers, though, had more support in the clash, which propelled her team to a 12-point win (36-24).The guard, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, was later awarded the Most Valuable Player. Teammates Aaliyah Singh and Angel Rajaram added eight points and five points with eight rebounds respectively.Queen’s College were led by a big effort in the paint by Barkoye, who pulled down 20 rebounds to go with her game-high 14 points. Her efforts in the tournament resulted in her winning the Best Defensive Player trophy. Luanna Mohan supported Barkoye with four points and six rebounds.COMPETITIVE CLASHIn the Boys’ lower division clash (U-14), a single bucket from deep separated Bishops’ High from rivals St Rose’s High (35-32).Marian Academy were crowned female champions.Jaden Howard, who battled his way to 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners, was later named MVP and BDP. Supporting Howard was Matthias Arrindell, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds.Carmelo Man-Son-Hing led St Rose’s High with a game-high 15 points and six rebounds. Chris Perez supported with seven points and 12 rebounds and Wayne Williams with six points and six rebounds.U-18 FINAL In the high-scoring U-18 final, PC, led by Richard Semple, were able to get past Marian Academy by eight points 72-64.Semple led the winners with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jushaun Bayley was also impressive with 17 points and seven rebounds. Jesse James with 13 points and Rakin McDonald with 14 rebounds also contributed to the total.At the other end of the court, combo guard Jether Harris kept the Georgetown school in the game with some sharp shooting, for a night-high 35 points to go with 16 rebounds. Tyrese James added 11 points and five boards and Shamar Atwell eight points and four assists.Semple finished as the MVP and Israel Yaw from GTI as the BDP of the competition.The best sportsmanship award went to St Stanislaus College.The GT/ECD Regionals were sponsored by Edward B. Beharry & Company Ltd, Banks DIH LTD, ExxonMobil and the National Sports Commission.last_img read more

USC battles Stanford for first place

first_imgDespite the myriad challenges the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team has faced — and, for the most part, overcome — this season, Saturday’s game against No. 3 Stanford at McDonald’s Swim Stadium may prove to be its biggest yet.Stanford, which enters the weekend at 19-1 and 6-0 in the conference, hasn’t lost since Oct. 11, and has been ranked in the top three nationally the entire season. The Cardinal won both the Navy and the NorCal tournaments at the beginning of the season, and during that time held the No. 1 ranking while the Trojans stalled in third place.“It’ll be another tough match,” said sophomore goalkeeper Joel Dennerley. “It was tough last year, and they’re pretty dominant this year, so it’ll be a challenge for us.”Surprisingly, the two teams have not met yet this season, despite their successes. USC and Stanford have participated in two tournaments — the NorCal Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif., and the UCI Invitational in Irvine, Calif. — together, but after a Trojan loss to UCLA in the NorCal tourney and a Cardinal loss to Cal at UCI, the teams were never given the chance to square off against each other.But while it may seem that the two squads have had little impact on each other this season, their recent history with each other leaves little to the Trojans’ imagination as to what to prepare for.“We haven’t played Stanford this year, and not since the NCAA finals last year, but we still prepare the same way we would for any other team,” Dennerley said. “We’ve watched them at other tournaments. They lost a few players last year, but the core of their team is more or less still there and they are doing the same things. We’ll match up as we need to, but it’ll be a tough game.”USC won all four of its games against Stanford last season, but three of them were decided by two goals or less. The most notable of the victories came in the NCAA championship game, in which the Trojans clinched their fourth national title with a 7-5 win. Every NCAA title the Trojans have won has come against Stanford.The Trojans avoided a major obstacle last weekend against UCLA on the road to set the stage for this important match, beating the Bruins 7-6 on a last-minute score from junior driver Kyle Sterling. But last week’s game doesn’t change anything for the team as they head into this week’s match, USC coach Jovan Vavic said.“The last game is over,” Vavic said. “This is a different opponent with different strengths, so we really have to get ready for it. We don’t labor on wins that much. We just have to get ready and execute. We have to focus on Stanford’s strengths, because they have a couple of really good players.”The winner of this match will gain sole possession of first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference, and will likely take the first seed in the MPSF tournament in late November.“I think both teams are going to be excited that we finally get to play each other,” Vavic said. “I think it’s going to be a very emotional game for both teams, because this is the first time we’ll see each other after the [NCAA tournament]. Both teams have one loss, and the winner will be in really good shape.”last_img read more


first_imgDonegal UFC star Joseph Duffy has offered to step in to replace Jose Aldo and fight Conor McGregor next month in Las Vegas. It has been reported that World Champion Jose Aldo has fractured a rib in training which now puts his showdown with McGregor on July 11th in serious doubt.The fight has been promoted all over the world and is set to be the biggest box office fight the UFC has ever had. However, after all the hype the fight looks in doubt after the reports Aldo fractured his ribs.It has not yet been officially confirmed but if it is true then the fight will almost certainly be postponed.However, Joseph Duffy the last man fighter to inflict defeat on McGregor has offered to step in and save the day.The Burtonport MMA star is set to fight Ivan ‘Batman’ Jorge in Glasgow on July 18th, but he cheekily tweeted earlier that he’ll replace Aldo and set-up a sensational rematch with McGregor. Duffy tweeted, “If Jose is out I’m willing to step in and beat @TheNotoriousMMA again!! @ufc @danawhiteIf the fight did happen the world title would obviously not be on the line, but it still would be a sensational fight that UFC fans all over Ireland and beyond would love to see!! DONEGAL UFC STAR OFFERS TO STEP IN FOR ALDO AND BEAT MCGREGOR AGAIN! was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conor McGregorHome-page SportJoseph DuffynewsUFClast_img read more