Arsenal boss Emery defends Ozil halftime hook: Nothing personalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has defended hooking Mesut Ozil at halftime for their draw at Brighton.Emery insists the decision was not personal.He said, “It is one decision tactically, and also the decision is because we have [done] it before because we have a lot of matches away when it tactically changes something, not for the player but for the team. A lot of the matches when we play in the second half, for example Iwobi, it helps us with a different situation tactically and helps us to win the matches.”In other matches, when we changed for the second half we took the performance to go to win. Yesterday, my intention was the same, it is tactically to change one player for another and with our analysis before that in other matches, in the second-half sessions is the reason I do that. But for me, it is only tactically and not [down to the] player, and for me every player is the same. “Sometimes I change Aubameyang, sometimes I change Lacazette and sometimes I change Matteo – it happens to every player and sometimes the result is good and the other times it doesn’t give us the result on the pitch. But the decision is only tactical.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
West Brom striker Salomon Rondon: I want Newcastle stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom striker Salomon Rondon has again declared he wants to sign permanently with Newcastle United.The 29-year-old has scored four goals and provided two assists for the Magpies, despite an injury-affected start to life on Tyneside, since signing from West Bromwich Albion on loan during the summer.Rondon said, “Would I like to stay? Yes, of course. I am very grateful for the effort the club made to bring me in, and for the confidence of the coach, and the welcome of the fans. For all these reasons I’d like to continue, but we’ll see what happens.”I feel really good. I’m really happy here for what we’ve achieved collectively. That’s the important thing.”We have been in good form and have moved away from the relegation zone. I have done my job by contributing with goals.”It’s quite a big contrast [to playing for West Brom last season]. The difference in styles between one team and the other is reflected in the play. A striker likes to have chances and to get crosses into the area.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Emre Can keen to hear from Man Utdby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Emre Can is keen to hear from Manchester United .The German star moved to Italy in 2018 on a free transfer from Liverpool, but is enduring a nightmare second season at the Allianz Stadium, making just three substitute appearances in Serie A so far.Tuttosport says Can is attracting interest across Europe and is weighing up his next move after his agents made contact with various clubs. United is his preferred option and the midfielder is seen as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who has strongly been linked with an Old Trafford exit.Juventus are next in action against Bologna, seeking to extend a one-point gap at the head of Serie A.
Norwich sporting director Webber moves to assure Farkeby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has assured Daniel Farke the club will not make a knee jerk decision on his future.An injury crisis at Carrow Road hasn’t helped the Canaries in their Premier League return, with the club second bottom with six points.”From a financial point, we’ll be working three years ahead because we can guarantee what our income is,” said Webber. “In terms of our squad progression, we know exactly who is on what contract and when we’d expect them to leave.”You’ve got to be prepared, but you also have to be realistic. That’s what I think is the best thing for our players and Daniel Farke, the fact we don’t judge everything here purely on results.”It’s about what our performances, the process and the culture are like. Are we building the club along the way, not just purely focusing on results?”If we lose, then we won’t be the club to sack Daniel or go and spend £50m in January.”It’s about the journey, and if we get everything right along the way and we get a bit of luck, then we still think we can be successful doing it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid will not allow Lucas Hernandez to leave in January, says the club’s executive director Miguel Angel Gil Marin, but a summer switch to Bayern Munich is not being ruled out.The France international has been heavily linked with a move to Germany over recent weeks.Atletico have already sought to distance their World Cup winner from those reports, with president Enrique Cerezo claiming: “He wants to stay with us.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That stance has now been reiterated ahead of the winter window.Gil Marin told Goal and Spox of the mounting rumours: “The player cannot leave Atletico Madrid in this winter transfer window.“We have a good relationship with Bayern and will meet with them in January to evaluate the situation.“If the player wants to leave we will talk about it – but only about a transfer in July.”Bundesliga champions Bayern will be pleased to hear that a deal has not been completely ruled out.They are, however, going to have to be patient in their ongoing pursuit of a top target.Niko Kovac will also have to make do for the time being or turn his attention to alternative targets in January.Bayern are still scrapping to salvage a season which has seen them slip surprisingly off the pace in the German top tier.They are currently taking in a winter break and will not return to action until January 18.It remains to be seen how much further they will look to take their efforts to land Hernandez before then.The 22-year-old has an €80 million (£72m/$91m) release clause in his contract which will need to be met in order for a deal to be done.If it is triggered, then Atletico will be richly compensated for parting with Hernandez and find themselves in a position of boasting considerable funds with which to go and bring in a replacement at left-back.
West Ham United have launched an investigation after a video surfaced of Mohamed Salah being racially abused during Liverpool’s match against West Ham on Monday. A video showing Salah being targeted during a corner kick with a fan yelling anti-Muslim slurs at the Liverpool star has been shared on social media.A fan can be heard yelling “Salah you f****** Muslim. F****** Muslim c***” as Salah prepared to take the corner, while another is heard calling the Egyptian a “cheat” in the background. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? West Ham confirmed on Wednesday that the club is “aware of the incident and have launched an investigation”.I went to watch West Ham vs Liverpool and I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches. #kickracismout @22mosala @FA pic.twitter.com/M4dBsMrCy8 — Sádat Yazdani (@Sadat_Yazdani) February 6, 2019 “At West Ham United, we have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour,” West Ham said in a statement to the Liverpool Echo . “We are an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability, everyone is warmly welcomed at London Stadium.”Anyone identified committing an offence will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium. There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”In addition, the Football Association revealed that the organisation had shared the video with West Ham “as a matter of urgency”.The Metropolitan Police also confirmed that they too were looking into the incident”We are aware of a video in which it appears racial abuse is being directed at a player at a West Ham vs Liverpool game at London Stadium on Monday, 4 February,” they said in a statement.”Officers are in the process of reviewing the footage. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”Anyone who witnesses inappropriate behaviour during a match is urged to bring it to the attention of a steward or police officer.”Liverpool initially took a 1-0 lead through a Sadio Mane goal in the 22nd minute before Michail Antonio equalised just six minutes later.The Reds are back in action on Saturday against Bournemouth while West Ham are set to face Crystal Palace. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says a fee has been agreed with Manchester United for the sale of Harry Maguire, but the player has yet to negotiate personal terms with the Red Devils.Rodgers was speaking to reporters following his side’s pre-season friendly with Atalanta, and also claims the situation is expected to develop early next week.“There has been contact between the two clubs, a fee has been agreed,” he said, “and then it’s a case of Harry having an opportunity to speak to them to see if he can find an agreement on personal terms. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “That’s something that is of interest to him. And, then, of course, a medical. Apart from that there is not a great deal more to say.”Probably after the weekend we will know more. But it’s clear of course the two teams have been talking and a fee has been agreed.”Earlier today news broke that United had agreed a sum of £80 million ($97m) for the 26-year-old.The 20-time English champions have been chasing the centre-back for the entire summer window, having called off plans to bring him to the club 12 months earlier.But the boyhood United fan indicated some weeks ago that he was flattered by the club’s interest in him.If the deal goes ahead, the payment will represent a world-record fee for a defender which currently stands at £75m ($91m) – the amount that Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.Maguire was left out of Rodgers’ squad for Friday night’s friendly, and would expect to make his United debut in their Premier League opener at home to Chelsea if the deal is completed next week.“He’s a special player and not a player that we want to lose,” continued Rodgers. “There’s still some work to do for it to go through.“You always have to prepare for that ‘what if?’ and a club like ourselves needs to have that pipeline of players ready to be able to bring in. We have a number of options if Harry is to go, but that’s something that’s already been going on for a number of weeks.“If it does happen, we will look at our options.”When asked if Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, Brighton’s Lewis Dunk or Burnley’s James Tarkowski were players that were potential replacements that had already been identified, Rodgers joked: “Plus the other 10.”
Arsenal have finally completed the signing of left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic, for a fee of £25 million ($30m).The 22-year-old Scotland international has signed a five-year contract at the Emirates, and will compete with Sead Kolasinac for the left-back spot.He follows Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli as Arsenal’s fourth permanent signing of the transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “We’re delighted Kieran is joining us,” said manager Unai Emery. “He’s a very talented player who will continue to improve. He increases our options defensively and I look forward to him joining our group.”Lifelong Celtic fan Tierney joined the club at the age of seven, going on to make 170 appearances after making his first-team debut in 2015. The club released a statement saying that they “did all we could” to keep him at Celtic Park.“This is an opportunity Kieran wanted to take and while we will be sad to see him leave the club, we wish Kieran all the very best for the future,” manager Neil Lennon told the club’s website.“Although he is still a young guy, Kieran has given the club so much. He’s a great lad and I’ve really enjoyed working with him. I’m sure he will continue to progress and develop and make a big impact in the English Premiership.“It has obviously been a long process, but now it has been finalised we can now look ahead and concentrate on continuing to build our own squad and meet the many challenges ahead, domestically and in Europe.”The deal to take Tierney to north London has dragged on throughout the summer, with issues over the structuring of the payment having caused issues to the point it had seemed the move would break down entirely.However, it seems that Tierney’s desire to test himself at a higher level has played a part in pushing the deal through.Inevitably, he has drawn comparisons with Liverpool left-back and international team-mate Andy Robertson, and Gunners fans will be hoping he can make a similar impact on the flank.Pending the final registration details, Tierney should be available for Arsenal’s first game of the new Premier League season, as they travel to Newcastle on Sunday.
Former five-star recruit Hunter Johnson recently announced he is leaving Clemson. That news automatically made him one of the more coveted transfers in the country.Last week, it was reported that Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana were the front-runners for Johnson. Now, an ACC program has reportedly entered the mix.Duke is pursuing Johnson, according to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer. Johnson would have to sit out next season in Durham and would become eligible in 2019.He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.A source close to the situation tells 247Sports the Tigers have given Johnson a full release, which means he’s allowed to join other ACC schools, if he so he chooses.With that under consideration, 247Sports has learned Duke has entered the picture for Johnson.The Blue Devils are now among the known schools in the running along Northwestern and Purdue, the schools 247Sports reported as early favorites last week when the news was announced.As a true freshman, Johnson threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, completing 21-of-27 attempts. He showed flashes of what made him one the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the 2017 class.However, he was buried behind Kelly Bryant and incoming freshman five-star Trevor Lawrence. That’s why Johnson is seeking a transfer.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Two days ago, Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave following a report from Brett McMurphy. The report alleges Meyer knew about the 2015 assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.An investigative committee formed by Ohio State will investigate Meyer and decide if he’s fit to continue as the team’s head coach. In the meantime, Ryan Day has assumed coaching responsibilities.Will he be the team’s long-term head coach, or will Urban Meyer come back to coach the Buckeyes following the investigation? Sportsbook Odds Shark put together a list of the favorites to be Ohio State’s head coach for the 2019 season.Urban Meyer is the favorite. However, he’s followed close behind by Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell.Who will be the head coach of the Ohio State football team at the start of 2019 spring practice?Meyer +250Campbell +450Day +500Gundy +700Brohm/Kiffin +800Kelly/Babers/Stoops +1400Herman/Vrabel +2000Harbaugh/Belichick +3300Tressel +5000Odds via @DaveMasonBOL— OddsShark (@OddsShark) August 3, 2018Campbell is an Ohio native, yet he just agreed to a significant contract extension to stay with the Cyclones. He formerly coached at Toledo where he racked up a 35-15 record.Campbell had the Cyclones ranked No. 14 in the nation at one point during the 2017 season before losing three of four to end the season.