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

Newcastle break losing run

He was even more aggrieved four minutes later when the striker fired the home side level, reacting first when Williamson turned Cheick Tiote’s cross back across goal to beat Robles. Martinez replaced James McCarthy with Ross Barkley before the restart, and it took the newcomer just three minutes to embark upon a trademark run upfield, although his pass to Kone was poor. But it was Robles’ goal which came under threat two minutes later with the keeper turning the ball aside after it ricocheted off Gouffran’s shins, although his relief was only momentary as Tiote picked out Perez on the left and he cut inside Distin before thumping a shot through Coleman’s legs and into the bottom corner. The home side were growing in confidence, but they could not afford to relax and they were grateful to see Samuel Eto’o sky a 64th-minute effort high over after Leighton Baines had out-fought Tiote on the sideline. But the visitors fell further behind three minutes later when Barkley failed to cut out Daryl Janmaat’s cross and Colback stabbed the ball past Robles to make it 3-1. Mirallas reduced the deficit with six minutes remaining when he got behind a static Newcastle defence to stab Baines’ long ball past the advancing Jak Alnwick, but that was as good as it got for the Merseysiders as they slipped to a third successive defeat. But if it was Cisse who started the ball rolling, it was Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback who completed the job with the Spaniard’s fifth goal for the club giving them a 51st-minute lead which was cemented by Colback’s first in a black and white shirt 16 minutes later, although substitute Kevin Mirallas’ late strike made for a tense conclusion. Newcastle ran out in front of a crowd of 52,313 having lost their last four games in all competitions, three of them in the Barclays Premier League, a run which included a 1-0 derby defeat by Sunderland in their last home fixture. With some bookmakers having stopped taking bets on Alan Pardew being appointed the next Crystal Palace manager, there was an air of uncertainty around St James’ Park before kick-off, although the 53-year-old and his players were concentrating simply on the 90 minutes ahead. They were boosted by the Everton team-sheet, which showed seven changes, many of them enforced by injury and suspension, to the side which lost 1-0 at home to Stoke on Boxing Day, although it was the visitors who started much the brighter. They got their reward with just five minutes gone when Aiden McGeady slid the ball into the space where full-back Paul Dummett should have been for Seamus Coleman to leave Yoan Gouffran in his wake and cross for Kone to convert from close range with central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson looking on in horror. The Magpies were simply not at the races as Gareth Barry was allowed to orchestrate from the middle of the park, and when they finally managed to string two passes together, Moussa Sissoko’s touch deserted him in spectacular style as he ran on to Cisse’s 12th-minute flick. However, they gradually worked their way into the game, although without being able to find the required quality in the final third with keeper Joel Robles untroubled. Coleman was left on his backside and claiming bitterly to the referee after clashing with Cisse as the pair awaited the delivery of a set-piece, and replays suggested the defender might have had a point about the striker’s swinging arm. Papiss Cisse’s fifth goal in six games launched a Newcastle fightback as they ended a four-match losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Everton. The Senegal international cancelled out Arouna Kone’s fifth-minute opener – his first for the club on his first Barclays Premier League start for the club he joined during the summer of 2013 – with a close-range finish 11 minutes before the break . However, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez may feel the African Cup of Nations-bound frontman was lucky to still be on the pitch after appearing to catch full-back Seamus Coleman with a flailing arm four minutes earlier, and there may yet be repercussions with referee Craig Pawson having taken no action at the time. Press Association read more

World Cup 2019: India have the ammunition to tackle Australia at The Oval, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgTeam India opened their campaign in the World Cup 2019 with a resounding victory over South Africa on Wednesday but former captain Sachin Tendulkar believes the next match for the Men in Blue won’t be as easy.India rode on a magnificent hundred from Rohit Sharma to chase down a below-par score of 228 with 6 wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare. Rohit remained unbeaten on 122 to guide India in the run chase. India had restricted the Proteas to 227 for 9 with Yuzvendra Chahal (4/51), Jasprit Bumrah (2/35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/44) starring with the ball.India will next face Australia in their second match at The Oval in London on June 9. Tendulkar feels the pitch at The Oval will be different from the one India faced in Southampton as it will offer more bounce and therefore, it will be difficult to tackle an Australian attack consisting of the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile.”All the confidence you have gained from this game (vs South Africa), pack that in your kit back and get to your next game. Australians are going to be a tough team to handle because of the combination and confidence they have at the moment.But I feel Team India have the ammunition to go out and do what is required. But Australia at The Oval, it’s going to be a good game. The pitch has slightly spongy bounce and I think Australians are more used to that. Oval is one pitch where I feel there is a little bit of extra bounce which might favor Australia slightly.advertisement”The Australian attack is a good attack but Indian team is geared to play that attack. We have done well in the past against that bowling attack. Guys will be ready to face them,” Tendulkar told India Today.Australia was missing the services of Steve Smith and David Warner for a year due to their ball-tampering bans but now that they are back, the team looks completely different and more confident with the star performers back in the side.”They are a different side (after Smith and Warner’s return). Whatever I saw of David Warner in the IPL, he looked extremely fit and above all he looked determined and motivated to go out there and get runs,” Tendulkar said.Tendulkar also advised the Indian batsmen to not lose heart if they are beaten by the bowlers on some occasions as the pitches in England are different from what Indian batsmen are used to backing home.”In these conditions, it’s ok to get beaten, bowlers are also there to pick wickets. They will beat your bat. But eventually what matters is what the scoreboard says,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma goes past Sourav Ganguly with 23rd ODI hundredAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa were a bit unlucky but India clinical, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Seelast_img read more