About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal will not be taking Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Blackpool lightly, according to manager Unai Emery.The Gunners fielded a weakened side against the League One club in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.But Emery says he is serious about winning England’s premier knockout trophy and will take senior players with him to Bloomfield Road.He said: “It’s a new competition we are going to start, the FA Cup. In the history, it’s been very important for us.”Arsenal is the team that has won this competition 13 times, more than anyone else. It’s a title and it’s a possibility for us to do something important.”We are going to start that at Blackpool. We know them because we played against them and we have the respect. We’ll prepare for the match with this respect for them, but also respect for this competition. It’s a way to [win] a title.”The Spaniard added: “I am going to play with the players to be competitive.”If we need some young players to do one mix, but finding this power to be stronger with them, we will do it. The priority now is Blackpool.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper David de Gea donates £175,000 to Spanish storm victimsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has donated £175,000 to the victims of the devastating Spanish storm.The storm has claimed the lives of seven people.Spain’s Red Cross confirmed the cash donation by thanking the shot-stopper for his generosity yesterday/on Thursday.The organisation said in a social media message alongside a picture of the footballer: “€200,000 to support the people affected by the flooding in Alicante and Murcia.“David de Gea, thanks for your solidarity.”The provinces of Alicante and Murcia were the worst affected by last week’s storm, with torrential rain causing widespread flooding and leaving many areas cut off.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma ahead of Arsenal as Rugani fed-up at Juventusby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniele Rugani is ready to leave Juventus in January.Sportmediaset says the defender has lost patience with his situation in Turin.Rugani hasn’t played a minute under coach Maurizio Sarri. If the situation should remain like this, he will make a transfer request in the New Year.Roma are favourites to sign the defender.Rugani came close to joining Arsenal in August before getting cold feet.
IG/umathleticsAuthor and Michigan alum John U. Bacon’s latest book entitled “Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football” chronicles the tenure of former Michigan AD Dave Brandon and head coach Brady Hoke and looks ahead to the Wolverine program under Jim Harbaugh. Bacon is doing an AMA on Reddit today and dropped a very interesting piece of info on the coaching search that produced Harbaugh. According to Bacon, Harbaugh was always the choice but that three NFL coaches expressed interest in the position. It’s unclear if Harbaugh is one of the three or if there were three others besides him.Per @Johnubacon, 3 NFL head coaches expressed interest in the Michigan job; join the AMA: https://t.co/SsPSlKW6Mk pic.twitter.com/9uFztjukbg— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 30, 2015Bacon also dropped some other tasty tidbits in his AMA, saying he thinks it will take three or four years for Harbaugh to have Michigan in the conversation for a CFP berth and further confirming that Lloyd Carr isn’t a fan of Les Miles. The whole thread is interesting and can be found here.
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted Romelu Lukaku will not play in a “target man” role as long as he is in charge.Lukaku endured a difficult first half of the season, struggling for form and fitness after claiming he had been negatively impacted by building up too much muscle during the World Cup.The 25-year-old striker was granted compassionate leave over Christmas and, as such, is further behind than the majority of his team-mates with respect to match sharpness. 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? But, in Sunday’s 4-1 hammering of Bournemouth, Lukaku came on as a second-half substitute for the impressive Marcus Rashford and scored United’s final goal, beating Asmir Begovic after latching on to Paul Pogba’s pass.It was the first time Lukaku had featured since former boss Jose Mourinho – with whom the Belgian was said to have a close bond – was replaced by Solskjaer, and the new man at the helm is excited by the prospect of the former Everton man being fully fit.Instant impact from @RomeluLukaku9 ! @PhilJones4 has replaced @AnthonyMartial for #MUFC . #MUNBOU pic.twitter.com/8VHznAfw5N — Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2018 “At times he’s a good target man, but if you tell him to be a target man he’ll never face the goal,” Solskjaer told reporters. “Today [Sunday] he was side-on and he’s got the attributes of a top, top striker.”We need to work on his fitness, but I’m delighted. Even though he was half a yard offside [for his goal], it was a good finish.”Bournemouth lost their goalscorer and defender Nathan Ake to injury late in the game, but manager Eddie Howe was unsure about the severity of the suspected hamstring issue.”I don’t know the latest on Nathan Ake,” Howe said. “I’ll need to speak to him and the medical team, but it looked like a hamstring complaint.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that his side don’t need to look outside the squad to find a replacement for Harry Kane.Spurs are reeling from the news that Kane will be out until at least early March with ankle ligament damage. The injury was tough to swallow for a side still chasing silverware in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. 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? Though Spurs have been tipped to enter the transfer market to find a replacement for the England striker, Pochettino has cautioned that no player on the market will be able to replace Kane. “If we want to find a player similar to him I think we are going to make a mistake, because to find another Harry Kane is impossible — we are talking about the one of the best three, four, five best strikers in the world,” Pochettino saidDespite lacking a clear second option at forward, the Argentine went on to say his side may not need to buy reinforcements at the position. “If we don’t sign players or we are not going to sign a striker, that is not going to be a gamble. It is not going to be a risk,” Pochettino said. “We have players that can cope when Harry Kane is not available.”Tottenham’s first chance to see how they cope without Kane will come on Saturday when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage. Among the options Pochettino is considering up top are academy duo Kazaiah Sterling and Troy Parrott, little-used backup Fernando Llorente, as well as midfielders Dele Alli and Erik Lamela. “I was watching Barcelona, and the striker was Leo Messi,” Pochettino said. “You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Lamela, you can play Kaziah Sterling, Troy Parrett, I don’t know … you can play many, many players.“It’s not that you have to play with one specific striker.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
BTN.Nebraska only had 10 players on the field for its first punt of the season.This was intentional.Nebraska intentionally did not send out a punter at the end of their first series, honoring former Huskers’ punter Sam Foltz, who passed away in a car crash this summer. The Huskers took a delay of game penalty.It’s a tremendous gesture.We’ll always remember #SF27.Well done, @HuskerFBNation & HUskers fans.Great class, @FresnoStateFB. https://t.co/moG174xLP5— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 4, 2016Nebraska is also honoring Foltz, who died in a car crash with former Michigan State special teamer Mike Sadler, with a helmet sticker. They’re keeping his locker in-tact, too.Locker room set up and ready to go. #Huskers #gbr #SF27 pic.twitter.com/ZTUuNJx8R5— Nebraska Equipment (@NUequipment) September 3, 2016Well done, Nebraska football.
Maurizio Sarri has told his Juventus squad they must adapt to Cristiano Ronaldo’s game after hailing him as the “player who makes the difference”.The Portugal international plundered 28 goals in his debut campaign for the Bianconeri following his move from Real Madrid, guiding them to an eighth successive Serie A title.He picked up where he left off in Juve’s first pre-season game ahead of the 2019-20 season on Sunday, scoring a typically clinical goal in his side’s 3-2 International Champions Cup defeat to Tottenham. 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? Speaking ahead of an ICC clash against Italian rivals Inter on Wednesday, head coach Sarri made it clear Ronaldo will be the focal point of his side in the forthcoming campaign.”He will be the player who will make the difference for us so the other 10 will have to adapt to him,” Sarri told a media conference.”During this tour he will play mostly as a left offensive striker, knowing very well he likes to move more central next to the other striker.”As a team we have to be quick to adapt to his movements since he is capable of making the difference and he will do it for sure. In the first game, he scored and had a further couple of chances.”The defeat to Tottenham also saw the debut of Matthijs de Ligt, the new signing from Ajax who arrived last week for an initial fee of €75 million (£68m/$84m).Sarri described the 19-year-old as a “phenomenal prospect” but would not be drawn on whether he will command an immediate place in his preferred starting XI.”De Ligt is a phenomenal prospect,” Sarri said. “He is a 19-year-old kid who has already been captain in an important club like Ajax so he is an important prospect.”I don’t know whether he will stay on the bench or not. If not, on the bench there will be other important defenders like [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Daniele] Rugani.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been happy with Harry Wilson’s pre-season, but he remains unsure about the attacker’s future.Wilson, 22, scored a 30-yard stunner as the European champions beat Lyon 3-1 in a friendly at the Stade de Geneve on Wednesday.He was joined on the scoresheet by Roberto Firmino while a Joachim Andersen own goal contributed the Reds’ third goal. Memphis Depay, meanwhile, scored from the spot for Lyon. 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? The Wales international impressed during a loan spell with Derby County last season, scoring 16 Championship goals, and has been linked with Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Bournemouth during this ongoing transfer window.Speaking after the win over Lyon, Klopp said talks were ongoing about Wilson, who has pleased the manager during Liverpool’s pre-season matches.”We are in constant conversations, that’s clear. We have to do the right thing for us and for the boy,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.”There is nothing to talk about in public about it, so we will see what happens in the next eight or nine days until the window closes.Another BOSS finish from @harrywilson_ pic.twitter.com/IosRegCVue — Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2019 “He is obviously a really good player and I was really happy with him in the whole pre-season. He came back from Derby in a completely different [shape]. That’s a good example of how a loan can really work out – it was for Derby really good and for Harry as well. For us as well, which is good.”I am happy for him that he could show that tonight again. He played not in his best position, he played left wing and did it really well.”We tried to set it up a little bit so it is more comfortable for him with positioning and stuff like that. When he scored the goal, it was just Harry – brilliant.”The Reds have endured a difficult pre-season with the victory over Lyon being the club’s third win in seven matches this summer.Liverpool topped Tranmere and Bradford City before falling to Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli while drawing Sporting CP.The Champions League winners will face Premier League rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday before their league opener at home to Norwich City five days later. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web