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Robin van Persie suggests Arsenal need reinforcements to fix defensive frailties after late scare at Sheffield United

first_imgRobin van Persie suggests Arsenal need reinforcements to fix defensive frailties after late scare at Sheffield United Advertisement Advertisement Comment Arsenal survived a late scare to beat Sheffield United in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie believes Mikel Arteta needs to find defenders who are willing to ‘die’ and put their body on the line for Arsenal like Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were prepared to do during his time at Manchester United The Gunners appeared to be cruising towards the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday afternoon as Nicolas Pepe converted a 25th-minute penalty against Sheffield United after Chris Basham’s foul on Alexander Lacazette at Bramall Lane. However, David McGoldrick capitalised on Sead Kolasinac’s poor attempted clearance to equalise in the 87th minute and give the hosts hope of securing a place at Wembley. Ceballos booked Arsenal’s place at Wembley with a late winner at Bramall Lane (Picture: Getty)But second-half substitute Dani Ceballos held his nerve in stoppage time and slotted a low strike under Dean Henderson to get the north London club out of trouble. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDiscussing Arsenal’s victory with BT Sport colleague Ferdinand, Van Persie reserved special praise for Ceballos but highlighted the enormous challenge his former team-mate has ahead of him in fixing the side’s defensive problems.‘Let me start by saying that I do believe in Mikel,’ the ex-Arsenal striker said.‘I played with Mikel for one year so I know how he is as a person and I know how he was as a player. ‘He was a good player but I do believe that he can become a great manager because you can see his hand in this team. But you can also see that this team is not fully connected yet. Will Mikel Arteta be a success at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘If you look at the connection from defence to midfield to strikers it’s not moving as one so he’s still searching. ‘But I do believe that if you give him time – and he should get all the time he needs and not just months, he should get years – I do believe that he can get it right.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jun 2020 5:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Arteta was delighted with the cameo display of Arsenal youngster Nketiah (Picture: Getty)Arteta singled out second-half substitute Eddie Nketiah for praise in the aftermath of Arsenal’s victory at Sheffield United.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked about the performances of his young players, he replied: ‘They are evolving and they are really willing and they have a lot of personality to play. ‘You can see the way they played today and Eddie as well, the way he came on and how he fights with everybody, he doesn’t care, so I really like that.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Spaniard was pleased with the manner of Arsenal’s win despite their late scare at Bramall Lane.‘We needed that,’ Arteta added.‘We played four away games after the coronavirus [pandemic], which is not an easy thing to do in the Premier League, and hopefully we can get some momentum going now. ‘We still have a massive gap to fill in, we have to improve in many departments a lot, we have to respect the process.‘It’s been really difficult stop-start-stop-start, but we will get it right, I’m convinced of that. We need a bit of time, that’s all.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Robin van Persie delivers scathing assessment of ‘vulnerable’ David Luiz after defender signs new Arsenal dealMORE: Arsenal hero Gilberto Silva confused by ‘nervous’ Matteo Guendouzi Van Persie says set-pieces remain a major weakness for Arsenal (Picture: BT Sport)The Dutchman added: ‘What I believe is very important for Arsenal and for Mikel is that they should now finally find a way to fix the set-pieces against, corners, free-kicks because with every cross against Arsenal you’re holding your breath. ‘So how do you fix that? You fix that with mental toughness. As you know, Rio, when I played with you and Vidic, you would die to save the ball, you would put your head first and do everything to block a ball. ‘That mentality is needed to really compete for trophies and, if I’m really honest, I don’t see that at the moment and that’s not just now because we’ve talked about this for the last few months, we talked about it last year and there was an issue even in my time when I was playing there. ‘How do you solve that? You need to find it through defenders who want to do absolutely everything to block that ball and I think they should try to find those types of defenders.‘I’m not saying that these guys are bad. These guys are very good players but there’s another level up if you really want to compete and start winning trophies.’last_img read more

Woods-Mickelson match set for Thanksgiving

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms RAHM’S RECOVERYJon Rahm missed the cut at the British Open and said his focus wasn’t there. On Thursday, he explained why.The Spaniard said four friends from home were driving up to Carnoustie when they were involved in a car accident, and one of them was injured seriously enough to require surgery.“At the same time, my grandpa wasn’t feeling great. He was actually undergoing surgery for something else the same day while I was playing,” Rahm said. “My mind wasn’t where it was supposed to be.”Rahm said he stayed Saturday to help with the families because not many of them spoke English.“And I was able to see my friend after he came out of surgery,” Rahm said, adding that his friend just got back home to Spain on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods follows through on his approach shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)AKRON, Ohio — Phil Mickelson confirmed a report that an exhibition match against Tiger Woods is set for Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas.Those are about all the details he had.Golf.com reported last month that Woods and Mickelson, who have combined for 19 majors, 122 victories on the PGA Tour and 90 years on earth, were contemplating a winner-take-all $10 million match.ADVERTISEMENT Francesco Molinari took ownership of the claret jug on July 22 when he won the British Open at Carnoustie. He’s still waiting to pour a drink from golf’s oldest trophy.“I’m not a big drinker,” Molinari said. “So to fill it with water would be a bit of a blasphemy, it feels like. I’m sure there will be times at the end of the season that something goes in it. But not yet.”The jug still gets around.Dennis Pugh, his swing coach, asked Molinari if he could sleep with the claret jug one night.“So I was happy to share it with him,” Molinari said.Don’t get the idea Molinari is the rare Italian who doesn’t drink a little red wine. He was on a vacation with his wife and children and still has a busy stretch ahead of him with the Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship, FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.“No, I do drink red wine, but it’s not my first passion,” he said. “And last week there was a lot of recovery needed, so it didn’t seem like a great time to get hammered. So maybe end of the season, when everything quiets down, it will be more appropriate.”WHERE TO NEXTOnly three players in the field for the PGA Championship were at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis when it last hosted the PGA in 1992. And only 13 players were at Bellerive when it had the BMW Championship in 2008.So it will be a new experience for most — starting with the location. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mavericks get center Chinanu Onuaku in trade with Rockets Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LONG JOURNEYRussell Knox left home in Jacksonville, Florida, last Friday and traveled some 9,000 miles before arriving in Akron on Wednesday for the Bridgestone Invitational.In a plane. On a ship. In a prop plane. And in a car.He stopped along the way — or out of the way — to Juneau, Alaska, for a cruise with his wife.And it was more complicated than it sounds. Knox said he was on the ship Saturday afternoon and disembarked in Juneau on Tuesday morning.“I flew down to Seattle in a little prop plane — beautiful views — and got on the plane from Seattle, on the runway, back to the gate, off the plane, an 8 1/2- hour delay,” he said.Knox had to take an overnight flight to Detroit, but then couldn’t get a connection and had a car service take him three hours to Ohio.He opened with a 67.“I played nine holes yesterday and it felt weird,” he said. “Even today, I felt weird. To shoot 3 under … anything better than 3 over I probably would have been pretty happy about.”EMPTY JUG Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ESPN said it would be at Shadow Creek on Thanksgiving weekend. Woods says he had nothing more to add. “We haven’t signed anything. Nothing’s confirmed.”The ESPN report early Thursday did not mention prize money, corporate support or television details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Woods and Mickelson played a practice round together at the Masters, were in the same group at The Players Championship and played a nine-hole practice round on Wednesday at Firestone. They have the most PGA Tour titles of players from their generation, though they never competed on the back nine with a major championship at stake except for the 2001 Masters and 2002 U.S. Open, both won by Woods.Woods once played the starring role in Monday night exhibitions nearly two decades ago, which were televised by ABC. The first one was dubbed the “Showdown at Sherwood” between Woods and Duval, when they were Nos. 1 and 2 in the world.Woods won and earned $1.1 million, while Duval received $200,000. They each donated $200,000 to charity, half of it going to The First Tee. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Francesco Molinari, for one, has never been to St. Louis. Does he know where it is?“Roughly,” the Italian said with a smile. “Not exactly, but roughly.”Rory McIlroy has been to St. Louis once, though not for golf.“My uncle’s wedding,” he said. “I’m not kidding. He’s from Northern Ireland. He married someone from that way, somewhere in there.”U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka has been to St. Louis as a kid, but little recollection, but he does know a little about the city.“That’s where Anheuser-Busch is,” he said with a smile.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Improvement of prison conditions imminent with IDB funded survey – Ramjattan

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has stated that the results from the recently announced prisons survey will be used to design rehabilitation and social reintegration programmes for inmates.Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Ramjattan stated that from the information gathered, they can glean and discern certain characteristics so that programmes and services can be developed.“I want a science-based, evidence-based set of information that would tell me what should be the strategies and plans. A lot of time its adhocracy and to get out of that requires a very comprehensive survey that is going to be far more informative as to why they (inmates) did what they did and how it is they are paying the penalties,” he stated.The Camp Street PrisonAccording to Ramjattan, the survey will be wide-ranging and would gather information on the lives of prisoners prior to incarceration, during imprisonment, and those of repeat offenders.“We are going to seek information as to the background of each one of the inmates who are going to answer the questionnaires. Some might not want to answer the questionnaire but we want to get down to understanding from whence they came, what were their circumstances, what were the parenting they came from so that we can get a complete picture of these inmates and their background,” the Minister outlined.He went on to say that this will help to make better assessments on how to plug programmes – whether it’s at the homes, domestic level or community level and also what can be done in relation to their education level.The survey, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under its Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP), will commence in September. It will be conducted by an Argentine University in collaboration with the University of Guyana.The role of UG would be to capture the data, while the Tres de Febrero University of Argentina will be responsible for analysing the data and preparing and compiling the report. They will also overlook the implementation of the survey by the University of Guyana.The data capturing period is slated to last some six weeks with a preliminary report expected by the end of November. The final report is expected at the end of April 2017. The final report will generate intellectual presentations on the conditions of the prisons and will make recommendations.A 2015, United States, State Department Report on Human Rights had indicated that rehabilitation programmes within the local prison services did not adequately address the needs of prisoners. Overcrowding and the harsh conditions faced by inmates were also highlighted by the report.More recently, a Commission of Inquiry into the prison riots of March 3, which resulted in the deaths of 17 inmates, pointed out overcrowding and inadequate facilities as some of the shortcomings of the system.last_img read more

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