Arsenal chief Edu explains reasoning behind Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian signings

first_img 1/1 Read More Skip Ad Coming Next Read More Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1 min. story Advertisement Video Settings by Metro Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 4:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares SPONSORED Read More Full Screen Read More Read More deadline day move to West Ham Arsenal chief Edu explains reasoning behind Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian signings Edu praises the physical and mental attributes of the new additions, who he says are hungry to lead the north London club to glory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected PLAY Edu is the man in charge of transfers at the Emirates (Picture: Arsenal)Arsenal technical director Edu says the club added ‘quality’, ‘physicality’ and mental fortitude to their squad this summer with the signings of Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Willian.In a big show of faith to boss Mikel Arteta, top target Partey was recruited from Atletico Madrid as the north London club activated his £45 million release clause on deadline day.The Gunners also recruited centre-back Gabriel and experienced winger Willian, as well as re-securing the services of Dani Ceballos on another season-long loan from Real Madrid. Advertisement Skip About Connatix V67539 ‘I think we improved the squad’s quality and physicality,’ Edu told the club’s official website.‘Thomas, who we had in our plan for the future, when me and Mikel sit and talked, I think you get all the players who we really focused on. If you see Willian, he brings us experience and a very special physicality in terms of speed. If you see Gabriel, he gives us a lot of physicality and presence. Dani, quality. ‘Thomas, physicality, quality and mentally he is very strong. But in the end if you see all these players we brought to the club, they are very good here (points to legs), but they are better here (points to head) which for me is very important because when you talk to the players, they have a lot of ambition, they are excited and they are hungry to win a title again. ‘This, for me, is important to have in the players to not only be good here (points to legs), but good here (points to head). And they are.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAs well as new signings, Arsenal crucially negotiated new contracts for top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and youngsters Bukayo Saka and Martinelli.‘This is another good point I want to mention because normally people are talking about signing players but for me and Mikel, we dedicate our time to what we have at home,’ the Brazilian added. ‘So we have to renew players, we have to give our respect to the players we have here, so let’s do it as soon as possible. If you see, Martinelli was the first one we did even before the window, Bukayo was during the window and Auba was in the window as well. ‘Those three, in my plan, was to try to get them done before the window even opened but of course there are negotiations, there are talks, there are meetings but we did it and it’s an important point as well.’MORE: Arsenal set to re-attempt efforts to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract early ahead of January transfer windowMORE: Gareth Southgate heaps praise on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka ahead of England vs WalesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page / Top articleslast_img read more

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Ghana seal World Hockey League Round 2 berth

first_imgThe Ghana male hockey team defeated Nigeria to win the Hockey World League Round 1 tournament held at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium in Accra.Ghana came from behind to beat their age-long rivals, Nigeria, 2-1.Shadrach Baah was the hero of the day when he connected a pass from Elekim Akaba to give Ghana the maximum points at stake.The match winner, delivered in the 64th minute, sent the stadium into a frenzy as the fans celebrated the feat which earned  Ghana a slot in the Hockey World League Round 2.Earlier in the 54th minute, Emmanuel Ankomah connected a pass from close range to equalise for Ghana after trailing in the first half.Meanwhile, the  Ghana women hockey team also qualified for the Hockey World League Round 2  after defeating favourites, Kenya, 1-0 in their last match After wasting countless goal scoring opportunities,including eight penalty corners, Elizabeth Opoku made amends for her earlier misses when she connected Umaru Nafisatu’s pass in the 66th minute to set the stadium alight.Moments after the goal Kenya had attacked from all angles with the view of equalising but the defenders of Ghana stood firm,protecting their lone goal advantage.last_img read more

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Ex-DHS director says he was a whistle blower, will sue over his termination

first_imgDES MOINES — The state agency director who was dismissed six weeks ago says he’s taking legal action to clear his name — and to send a message to his former employees in the Department of Human Services.Jerry Foxhoven held a news conference Thursday. “Initially I just wanted to move on…then I think there was all this innuendo from the governor’s office and so forth that made it look like I did something wrong,” Foxhoven said. “…It goes back to those 4000 people. They needed to hear from me, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong,’ and that I stood by what I asked them to do which was follow the rules and do the right thing.”Governor Reynolds has said she wants the agency to move in a different direction and, on Monday, Reynolds said Jerry Foxhoven had not raised any concerns about using agency money to continue paying the salary for a member of her staff. Foxhoven says he first tried to speak with the governor.“Several months before this occurred I sent the governor a text asking to meet with her and talk to her privately and said it could be very short,” Foxhoven told reporters this morning, “and I never even got a response to it.”Foxhoven said he did discuss the matter with the governor’s chief of staff shortly before he was terminated.“The bottom line is I had a phone conversation with her and I made it very clear that I questioned whether it was legal or not,” Foxhoven said.Foxhoven said the legislature set aside money to pay for a new staff member in the governor’s office and he was concerned he lacked the authority to divert money from DHS operations to continue paying a member of the governor’s staff.“If they’re saying that they’re denying that I had concerns about that and that I was going to the attorney general’s office, then they’re not telling the truth,” Foxhoven said.Foxhoven’s lawyer will first file a claim with the Iowa Appeals Board, alleging Foxhoven was retaliated against and forced from his job because he was a whistle blower. Foxhoven’s attorney said it’s unlikely the state will offer a settlement and he expects to file a lawsuit against the governor, her chief of staff, her legal counsel and the State of Iowa in early 2020.Foxhoven, who is an attorney, said he’s looking for his own “next adventure” working for a non-profit group.AUDIO of Foxhoven’s news conference, 45:00Governor Kim Reynolds issued a written statement late Thursday afternoon.“As I have consistently shared with Iowans, many factors went into my decision to ask for Jerry Foxhoven’s resignation,” Reynolds said. “Foxhoven never raised concerns with me or my staff about the salary agreements in question, and he never asked my staff for a legal opinion or said he would be reaching out to the Attorney General’s office for one. I would never ask anyone to do something they thought was illegal. My focus remains on the many Iowans that DHS serves, and I am committed to selecting a new director who will take this agency to the next level.”last_img read more

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11 stunning stats which will delight Tottenham fans after win over Man United

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal Latest Premier League News 3 – @SpursOfficial’s win tonight marks Jose Mourinho’s biggest ever home defeat as a manager in any competition. Trounced. #MUNTOT pic.twitter.com/S5vXMCEpdo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 27, 2018Lucas Moura has three goals and four assists in his eight starts in all competitions since joining Tottenham. REVEALED gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade #thfc have won their opening three games to a Premier League season for just the second time in their history. pic.twitter.com/SibhcodM6a— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) August 27, 2018 Tottenham Hotspur fans will be grinning from ear-to-ear today after a fantastic 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.Spurs supporters know, all too well, their poor record in the north west against the Red Devils but they put on a brilliant show to leave Jose Mourinho’s position as manager in jeopardy. Dele Alli was superb defensively against Manchester United 💪🔘 4 Interceptions 🔘 5 Tackles Won🔘 7 Ball Recoveries Tottenham’s best player in defence according to @twelve_football too 📊https://t.co/EvTsvIVuTE#THFC— Premier League Stat Man (@EPLStatman) August 27, 2018Tottenham are the first London team to win at Old Trafford since they beat them 2-1 in 2014. possible standings Lucas Moura, a £25million January signing from Paris Saint-Germain, was the star of the show for a second game running as his pace, pressing, and dribbling scared the living daylights out of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Victor Lindelof.Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld was at his imperious best with Dele Alli giving another showcase on his continued, and under appreciated evolution as a complete midfielder.And there were some amazing facts and figures to come out of the game, which you can see below. no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Last night was Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest win at Old Trafford since a 4-1 win in October 1972, Martin Peters scored all four with Bobby Charlton netting the reply. silverware REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate during their 3-0 victory over Manchester United. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Toby Alderweireld’s game by numbers vs. Man Utd:11 ball recoveries6 clearances4 interceptions3/3 tackles won2 blocks2 aerial duels wonElite CB. pic.twitter.com/y4XamwFeq2— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 27, 2018The loss was the first time Manchester United have lost by 3+ goals at Old Trafford since March 2014. shining huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 1 133 – There were just 133 seconds between Harry Kane’s opener and Lucas Moura doubling Tottenham’s lead. Quickfire. #MUNTOT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 27, 2018 ALTERED Harry Kane has now scored against all of the Premier League Top Six home and away.— Harry Kane Stats (@HarryKaneStats_) August 27, 2018 Harry Kane scores his 110th Premier League goal, moving him into the top 20 of all-time leading PL goalscorers. He is now joint-20th with Emile Heskey. #EPL #COYS— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) August 27, 2018last_img read more

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Pogba penalty run-up ‘wouldn’t have happened’ under Fergie, says ex-Man United ace

first_img 3 3 RANKED The World Cup winner took nearly ten seconds to make 28 tiny steps toward the ball, but if his run up was meant to confuse goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, it didn’t work.The England no.1 read Pogba’s shot and got a strong palm to the effort, but the ball bounced straight back out to the Frenchman who slotted in on the rebound to lead United to a 2-1 win.MORE: Usain Bolt ran 100m QUICKER than Pogba’s penalty run-up against EvertonThe 25-year-old later admitted he was ‘lucky’ to score, with manager Jose Mourinho praising the midfielder’s overall performance but warning him to change his penalty approach.Pogba has taken his time with penalty kicks ever since his first spell as a youngster with the Red Devils.The 25-year-old explained after the game that he does it to ‘try and destabilise the keeper’, but it appears the only thing it is really guaranteed to achieve is annoy everyone, including his own manager and fans. MONEY huge blow “But this is the day and age of football now, there are different personalities. Pogba is a great personality for football and I’m a fan of his.“He had a great game yesterday and he brings so much to the Premier League.“But sometimes he does have that tendency to over-elaborate.” Kieran Richardson and Ruud Van Nistelrooy during their Old Trafford days Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Most popular football news REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Manchester United midfielder Kieran Richardson wonders whether Paul Pogba has created his now-trademark penalty run-up because he gets ‘bored’ on the pitch.And the Premier League winner believes the French star would have never been allowed to get away with it under Sir Alex Ferguson.There were groans around Old Trafford when Pogba began his long amble towards the ball when United were awarded a penalty against Everton on Sunday. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Pogba celebrates scoring the rebound after his penalty was saved no dice ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars It took an age for Pogba to actually take his penalty against the Toffees Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED REPLY BEST OF shining And former Red Devil Richardson has suggested the real reason behind Pogba’s long run up is he gets bored during games and takes any opportunity to liven up things on the pitch, even if it’s detrimental to his team or his own performance.“Maybe he’s just bored and just wants to entertain the fans… but clearly yesterday that wasn’t entertaining the fans,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Monday.“In my day at Manchester United, that would not have happened.“I think Ruud [Van Nistelrooy] was the penalty taker at the time, and he was great at scoring penalties.last_img read more

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