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

Cricket News England vs India 5th Test, Day 1: Check full scorecard as Kohli and co make brilliant comeback

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On the day 1 of the fifth Test between England and India at the Kennington Oval in India, the visitors fought back to down the hosts to 198 for 7 as the Joe Root-led side collapsed after a bright start by the openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings. Indian pacer Ishant Sharma scalped three wickets after Jasprit Bumrah sent Alastair Cook and Joe Root packing in a single over.Alastair Cook, who is playing his final Test played a beautiful knock of 71 runs before Bumrah’s sharp inswinger got the better of him. After Cook’s departure, the floodgates were open as the hosts lost six wickets for 58 runs post tea to collapse from 133-1 to 181-7.ALSO READ: You can name NASA rockets if you pay enough Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali slowed the downfall as they put on 37 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. Ali scored his 13th half-century on day 1.Scorecard of England 1st Innings:Alastair Cook                      b Bumrah                          71Keaton Jennings               c Rahul b Jadeja                   23Moeen Ali                           c Pant b Sharma                50Joe Root                              lbw b Bumrah                    0Jonny Bairstow                 c Pant b Sharma                    0Ben Stokes                         lbw b Jadeja                      11Jos Buttler                           not out                             11SM Curran                           c Pant b Sharma                 0AU Rashid                           not out                               4Extras    (B-25, LB-3)                                                  28Total      (For 7 wicket, 90 overs)                 198Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-133, 3-133, 4-134, 5-171, 6-177, 7-181.ALSO READ: Petrol prices cross Rs 80-mark in Delhi; Diesel rates touch new level across metrosBowling: Jasprit Bumrah 21-9-41-2, Ishant Sharma 22-10-28-3, Hanuma Vihari 1-0-1-0, Mohammed Shami 22-7-43-0, Ravindra Jadeja 24-0-57-2England have already sealed the series with an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. last_img read more

Joshua’s Unification Clash against Wilder on the Table

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Matchroom Sport chairman Hearn believes Joshua will stake his claim as the world’s best heavyweight by defeating Klitschko and hopes he will end the year with a Las Vegas fight against WBC champion Wilder.“I think the dream is to unify the division,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ.“Politically, boxing is always difficult, because there are so many different governing bodies and so many different mandatories that inevitably at some stage you are forced to give up a belt, rather than have them all under control of one heavyweight.“I think the fight we would all like to see and assuming that Deontay Wilder can do a little better on his own promotion, because he’s not a big enough draw in America, let alone outside.“But the fight for me to close the year would be Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua in one of those barnstorming Las Vegas nights.”Tyson Fury was previously recognised as the No 1 in the division after defeating Klitschko on points and Hearn hopes he will return to the sport for a lucrative fight against Joshua.Joshua must first overcome Klitschko, who has vowed to regain two of his world titles, but Hearn expects the British champion to herald the start of a dominant reign in the division.Hearn said: “Wladimir Klitschko stands in his way on April 29 and I think it’s going to be a very painful night for Mr Klitschko, because I don’t know how you defend, or how you beat Anthony Joshua.“Too physically strong, too fast, and he hits too hard.”“Of course there is a certain Mr Tyson Fury, who one day is going to come back and is going to want to earn some serious money,” said Hearn.“The only serious money in the heavyweight division is Anthony Joshua and money talks in boxing.” Joshua must first overcome Klitschko, who has vowed to regain two of his world titles, but Hearn expects the British champion to herald the start of a dominant reign in the division. Anthony Joshua could target a unification clash against Deontay Wilder if he wins his Wembley fight with Wladimir Klitschko, says Barry Hearn.IBF champion Joshua can add the vacant WBA ‘super’ title when he faces Klitschko in front of an expected sell out crowd at the national stadium on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office.last_img read more

Kipchoge, 1st Human to Run a Marathon in Under 2 Hours, Shortlisted for World Male Athlete of the Year

first_imgNairobi: Kenyan long-distance runner and reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has been shortlisted for the World Male Athlete of the Year award.Kipchoge is among a list of five athletes vying for athletics’ top individual award, given out to the season’s best performer. The award gala will be held in Monaco next week. “The five athletes, who represent four countries from three area associations, have illustrated excellence across nearly all disciplines in 2019,” read a statement released on Monday by World Athletics, according to Xinhua news.Kipchoge will be up against Uganda’s world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei, pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks (USA), his 200m compatriot Noah Lyles and Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm.Kipchoge’s performance last season saw him not only win the London Marathon, but also write history by becoming the first man to run the 42km distance in under two hours, clocking a time of 1:59:40 in Vienna last month.In the women’s section, Kenya’s world champions Hellen Obiri (5,000m) and Beatrice Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase) are awaiting confirmation on Tuesday to find out if they have made the final five nominees for the World Female Athlete of the Year award.”The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans vote online via our social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50 per cent of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25 per cent of the final result,” the World Athletics said.Voting for the World Male Athlete of the Year closed on November 4. Eliud KipchogemarathonWorld Male Athlete of the Year First Published: November 11, 2019, 11:35 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more