Mikel Arteta identifies the four positions he wants to strengthen during the transfer window

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jun 2020 1:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares Comment Mikel Arteta identifies the four positions he wants to strengthen during the transfer window Man City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:58FullscreenMan City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 returnhttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-stars-head-training-season-set-june-17-return-2181398/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Ghana international has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates after coming close to joining the north London club under previous manager Unai Emery last summer.Partey is yet to sign an extension on his current deal at Atletico and has a £44 million release clause.Even if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions League, they could still move for the 26-year-old and view a swap deal involving Alexandre Lacazette as a potential option.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 ArsenalAdding another centre-back is also on the agenda and club scouts have watched Reims’ Axel Disasi, who could be available for around £13m.Arteta also wants another right-back to challenge Hector Bellerin, but the club are likely to be priced out of a move for Norwich City’s Max Aarons and may have to focus on making Cedric Soares’ loan move from Southampton permanent.And if star strikers Aubameyang or Lacazette were to leave, Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard and Genk’s Jonathan David are being lined up as possible replacements.However, if the Gunners fail to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years, swap deals, loans and low-cost moves could well be the order of business for the club.MORE: Premier League restart: Provisional fixtures revealed for Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and ArsenalMORE: Arsenal’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announcedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arteta is looking for a complete squad overhaul (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reportedly wants to sign at least one centre-back, a midfielder, a right-back and a replacement striker if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette were to leave the Emirates this summer.The coronavirus crisis is likely to affect transfer business for all clubs given the immense drop in revenue with no games played since mid-March.However, the Gunners are still expected to be busy this summer, but their budget for signings will be dictated by whether they can qualify for European competition or not.Mikel Arteta’s side will resume their Premier League campaign later this month in ninth place, eight points behind Chelsea who occupy fourth spot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Goal, the Spaniard has identified four key positions in his squad he wants to strengthen, with Atletico Madrid’s box-to-box midfielder Thomas Partey a top priority. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Reliable pipeline in danger for Syracuse after departure of National Sports Academy coach

first_imgBrittney Krebs likes to think she started a pipeline of sorts when she committed to Syracuse out of the National Sports Academy.That decision has since helped to spawn the arrival of junior Kaillie Goodnough and freshman Elizabeth Scala to come play for the Orange.“Kaillie was actually my roommate (at NSA), and she came, and we talked a lot through it,” Krebs, a senior, said. “And (Scala) talked to her about it, so it was kind of a pipeline.”That pipeline has helped Syracuse the past four years and given hope that several more players will come in the near future. It may be in jeopardy, though, because of NSA head coach Bill Ward’s recent departure from the program.The NSA is a highly competitive winter sports schooling and training program located in Lake Placid, N.Y. The school specializes in training luge, skiing, and boy’s and girl’s hockey players.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the three SU players, playing at NSA gave them a glimpse of the challenges of balancing competitive hockey and an education.Scala said she would have to walk to practice every morning in negative-20 degree weather, before attending classes in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.“It was really sports-oriented,” Scala said. “We would leave on Wednesdays or Thursdays, and our teachers would understand if we didn’t get our work done because we were playing all weekend.”Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said his relationship with Ward helped him originally recruit Krebs and allowed him to keep coming back to try and sign players.“It’s certainly one of the places that elite players tend to migrate to,” Flanagan said. “It’s really just another one of a handful of schools that cater to hockey players.”Scala, who scored a goal in Syracuse’s lone preseason game, said a lot of her NSA teammates have already reached out to her about playing at Syracuse.But while there is some interest from current NSA players to come and compete for the Orange, the pipeline might be at risk of suffering a dent. Ward, NSA’s coach for 11 years, left the school two weeks ago, Flanagan said. It may prove to be a recruiting hurdle for the SU head coach.“Unfortunately he’s not there anymore,” Flanagan said. “Now does that hinder any future recruiting? Right now we’re not recruiting anyone off that team for next year, but they have some pretty good young players. We have that identification with the school, and so much of it is that relationship with the coach.”If the NSA channel does eventually fall through, Syracuse may have others to fall back on. The Orange has two other pairs of players that both went to the same high school.Cara Johnson and Kallie Billadeau both attended Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn., while Akane Hosoyamada and Jessica Sibley both graduated from Warner Hockey School in Alberta, Canada. Flanagan said that the reason Sibley came to Syracuse was because Hosoyamada was an icon at Warner, and when Sibley visited it was all but a done deal.“With any program, when you get a little bit of a pipeline going, your best advertisement is if someone is here and having a good experience,” Flanagan said. “They pass that information along.“Those kinds of things, whether it’s Warner or NSA or any of those schools, you try and build on that pipeline for sure.“ Comments Published on October 2, 2013 at 12:57 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more