Mikel Arteta hits back at Gary Neville and reveals Arsenal’s transfer plans are undecided

first_imgArteta was keen on a busy window (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has fired back at Gary Neville’s suggestion the Arsenal squad needs a complete overhaul, but conceded he was unsure what funds would be available to spend on signings this summer.Neville urged Arteta to gut his team of players who are too ’emotional’ after successive losses to Manchester City and relegation battlers Brighton all but ended Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.Arsenal are languishing in tenth place in the Premier League, but Arteta dismissed the idea his current crop of players needed to leave the club.‘At the moment we cannot do anything,’ Arteta said in response to Neville’s comments. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We are playing the players we have, my job is to make them as good as possible. ‘They are players that have kept a lot of clean sheets under me, they were undefeated in 12 games and done really well. ‘I don’t like to judge players just when they lose but I know overall where we can strengthen the team but as well that we have some players that are very valuable, performing under me very well that I trust.’ Comment Advertisement Neville says Arsenal’s squad is too ’emotional’ (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s transfer plans are expected to be severely affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Arteta was planning a big summer of departures and signings, but the transfer budget has reportedly been slashed.Asked about his plans for the next window, Arteta admitted he was still in the dark about what business could be done.‘We have to assess the financial situation we have and the results and where we finish in the season will dictate whether we have a narrow gap or a bigger gap to do any deals,’ he said.‘I think we are going to have to wait another 4-6 weeks to see what we are able to do.’MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal & LiverpoolMORE: Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal intend to make Pablo Mari & Cedric Soares’ loan deals permanentFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jun 2020 12:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Mikel Arteta hits back at Gary Neville and reveals Arsenal’s transfer plans are undecided Advertisementlast_img read more

Trojans dominate Cal in every aspect

first_imgIt was supposed to be USC’s toughest game of the year. Instead, the Trojans made it look easy.The No. 7 Trojans breezed past No. 24 Cal 30-3 Saturday at Memorial Stadium in a game in which the Trojans dominated every aspect and put together their best all-around performance of the season in front of 71,799.USC receiver Damian Williams was one of the many Trojans to paint their eye-black with the number 13 to honor injured teammate Stafon Johnson. Photo by Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAfter a rocky three-week stretch that saw the Trojans squeak past Ohio State, get upset by Washington, then underperform against Washington State, everything seemed to come together for USC on offense, defense and special teams.“I am really fired up about a lot of good things that are happening,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “This is a win we take a lot of pride in. We are just going to keep on pushing.”Cal looked like it would put up a fight when it marched down the field with ease on its first possession to the Trojans’ 6-yard line. But all the Golden Bears’ momentum vanished when quarterback Kevin Riley rolled out to the right side and threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by senior safety Taylor Mays in the end zone.“We looked a little shaky [on the first drive] but the defense has always come through,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Chris Galippo said. “And we’ve been awesome with our backs against the wall this year.”“They were driving and they were making a statement early in the game that they were ready to play,” Mays said.Mays’ pick silenced Cal’s early statement and the USC offense took over from there. The Trojans moved the ball 80 yards in six plays, culminating in a highlight-reel 38-yard touchdown run by running back Joe McKnight in which the junior dove past two defenders and stretched out just enough to get the ball over the plain.“It was a big tone-setter for everybody on the offense and plus for the whole team,” McKnight said.Carroll said the immediate response by the USC offense carried even more weight than Mays’ interception.“Even better than [the interception] was the drive after that, 80 yards down for the touchdown,” Carroll said.After McKnight’s touchdown, the Trojans scored 13 more unanswered points to finish what was perhaps their best half of football this season. McKnight scored again in the fourth quarter to lead the Trojans with 121 yards on 20 carries.USC’s first-half dominance was highlighted by redshirt junior receiver Damian Williams’ 66-yard punt return for a touchdown. Williams found a seam up the middle then tiptoed along the sideline before diving toward the pile-on for the score.The junior, who took over fulltime punt returning duties this season, was pleased after his first career punt return for a touchdown.“I caught the ball and all 10 guys in front of me made great blocks,” Williams said. “It started with Garrett Green. He made pretty much the springing block in front of me and I only had to beat one person, and that was the punter.”Although he did not throw a touchdown, freshman quarterback Matt Barkley had his most consistent performance of his career, going 20-of-35 for 283 yards with one interception. The offensive playbook seemed to fully open up for the first time this season, allowing Barkley to take shots down the field.“I think they’ve had that faith [in me] this whole time, we just decided to it open up now,” Barkley said. “I’m confident that the coaches believe in me and they do.”While the Trojans were racking up points, Cal’s offense failed to get going after Riley’s interception. The USC defense limited Cal running back Jahvid Best to 49 yards on 14 carries.“We felt like we had control at some points in the game, but it just wasn’t happening for us,” Best said.With the Heisman-hopeful unable to get into a rhythm, Cal became one-dimensional, and the onus was on Riley to beat the Trojans throwing. But the pass defense held as well, holding Riley to 14-of-40 passing with 199 yards and one interception.“We were zero-dimensional today, because we couldn’t run it and we couldn’t throw it,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said.Cal avoided the shutout when kicker Vince D’Amato’s 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave Cal its only points of the game.“The consistency of our defense is just great,” Carroll said of the squad that held Cal to 285 yards in total offense. “We love the guys [on defense] that left [to the NFL], but the guys that are here are playing really good football.”Not to be forgotten in the Trojans’ dominating win was injured senior running back Stafon Johnson. Multiple Trojans wrote the number 13 or “S. Johnson” on their eye-paint to honor their teammate who is recovering from emergency surgery to repair his voice box after a freak weightlifting accident.“I’m happy that we could play this game for Stafon,” Barkley said. “He was in our hearts the whole time and you could really tell. [It was a] great victory for us and for him.”last_img read more

Disappointment for Irish at World Championships

first_imgThe Waterford athlete finished last in her heat in a time of 23-38 – just over 2 tenths of a second outside here personal best.Earlier this morning Ciara Everard and Ben Reynolds failed to advance in the 800 metres and 110 metres hurdles respectively.last_img