Unai Emery challenges Granit Xhaka after confirming his five Arsenal captains

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Sep 2019 4:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been appointed as Arsenal’s vice-captain (Picture: Getty)As to why the process had dragged on into the final week of September, Emery added: ‘Timing? One month ago they were here, [Laurent] Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, they were the captains. I decided in that moment to wait to use every player for that vote. When the last player left from here – [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan – I didn’t want a player who is not going to be here to do one vote.‘I waited for the moment we closed the squad to decide. In pre-season we had three captains, they were Xhaka, Monreal and Mesut. I spoke, I want to be five. After Monreal left and Mkhitaryan we did that.‘I said to the players from me, we can have five players with that armband and represent as a captain but you are also with the capacity to be the leaders in the dressing room and the pitch. Everybody should use that capacity to help the time.’MORE: Martin Keown explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be Arsenal captain instead of Granit XhakaMORE: Three reasons Unai Emery is making a mistake by appointing Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has been confirmed as Arsenal’s new captain (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has challenged Granit Xhaka to win over Arsenal fans after he was confirmed as the club’s new captain.The Arsenal head coach has delayed naming Laurent Koscielny’s successor and took on board the recommendations of his first team squad before appointing the divisive Switzerland international.Xhaka, who turned 27 today, was booed after he was hauled off against Aston Villa last weekend after another error strewn performance but Emery insists he retains complete faith in the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder.On why Xhaka represented the obvious choice, Emery said: ‘First he’s mature. He has experience. We are living every time under pressure, under criticism, as a coach, as a player, as a club. But really the most important thing is to stand up each moment, go ahead with his qualities, with his behaviour, with his commitment.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In the dressing room the players voted him as the first leadership. I know, I spoke with him, we want to change that opinion outside. That respect he has inside is very, very important. Also show outside, keep moving ahead, playing, improving, behaviour, commitment. Each match is for him, for me, for us, a very good opportunity to show our capacity.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But really I trust and believe in him. He is a good man. A good professional. A good player.‘Sometimes he makes mistakes. But the most important thing is to analyse, to learn and correct those mistakes. The future is going to say to us. Our challenge and his challenge is to change that opinion, above all with a personality and improving each match, improving and giving us his help every time.’Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil will form the rest of Arsenal’s leadership group, but Emery insists Xhaka’s new status will not render him an automatic selection.‘The performance is giving me the next first XI, the next players to play, not the captains,’ he said. Advertisement Comment Unai Emery challenges Granit Xhaka after confirming his five Arsenal captainslast_img read more

Ray Lewis to retire after playoffs

first_imgLAST RIDE–This Sept. 10, 2012 file photo shows Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wearing eye black showing the initials of former Ravens owner Art Modell before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) by David GinsburgAP Sports WriterOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ray Lewis will end his brilliant 17-year NFL career after the Baltimore Ravens complete their 2013 playoff run.Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps. The 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker intends to return Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts in what will almost certainly be his final home game.“I talked to my team today,” Lewis said Wednesday. “I talked to them about life in general. And everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride.”Lewis will walk away from the game because he wants to spend more time with his two sons. While working to return from his injury, Lewis watched them play on the same high school football team, and he intends to watch Ray Lewis III perform as a freshman next year for his alma mater, the University of Miami.“God is calling,” the 37-year-old Lewis said. “My children have made the ultimate sacrifice for their father for 17 years. I don’t want to see them do that no more. I’ve done what I wanted to do in this business, and now it’s my turn to give them something back.”Which means he’ll pull off his No. 52 uniform for the last time after the Ravens are eliminated or win the Super Bowl.“It’s either hold onto the game and keep playing and let my kids miss out on times we can be spending together,” Lewis said. “Because I always promised my son if he got a full ride on scholarship Daddy is going to be there. I can’t miss that.”Lewis was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, when Baltimore won the Super Bowl title, and in 2003.“I never played the game for individual stats. I only played the game to make my team a better team,” he said.Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Westinghouse, Obama top 2013 All-City Girls Basketball Team

first_imgThe New Pittsburgh Courier 2013 All-City Girls Basketball Team is a mirror of the top teams in the reduced number of league teams this season. Obama, Westinghouse, Carrick and Allderdice were the best teams placing the most players on the team. There is only one player returning from last season’s First Team, Jasmine Myers from Westinghouse. She not only repeated on the First Team but was almost a unanimous choice as the Player of the Year. Joining Myers on the first team are two players from last season’s Third Team, Aaquila Youngblood from Obama and Chardonnay Littlejohn from Carrick. Also making the First Team is Brittany Jackson from Westinghouse and Sierra Fordham from Allderdice. Sydnee Abernathy from Allderdice barely missed the First Team. The only other repeats were: Latosha Fortson from Perry who moved from Third Team last season to Second Team this season, and Sierra Fordham from Allderdice who moved from Honorable Mention to First Team, receiving one vote for Player of the Year. PLAYER OF THE YEAR—Jasmine Myers, Westinghouse (Photos by William McBride)last_img read more