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Ronaldinho raves about Gabriel Martinelli and compares Arsenal wonderkid to Ronaldo

first_imgWhile Mikel Arteta’s was well aware of Martinelli’s potential before becoming Arsenal head coach, he admits he’s been ‘surprised’ at just how much ability the Brazilian has at such a young age.‘I heard a lot of things about Gabby before I joined and the moment I saw him training it confirmed all the things I was told,’ Arteta said following Martinelli’s sensational solo goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.‘I was told, “You will see this kid, how he goes for every ball, his fighting spirit and the quality that every time he is in front of goal he’s a threat”.‘I was told I would be surprised how prepared he is to compete with every player in the squad.‘I just thought, “Yes, but he’s 18”. But when you see him in big games, how he goes about everything, it’s surprising.‘The way he competes, how brave he is with every decision he makes on the field is very unusual for an 18-year-old.’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 CityArteta added: ‘He competed against one of the best defenders in the league, Cesar Azpilicueta, and he got at him every time he had a chance.‘His fighting spirit is incredible and then he is a threat for goals every time. I would like to talk about his potential more than what he is at the moment.‘For this club to give him the responsibility to do that every time is not fair on him, we have to bring him down. The risk is expecting too much too soon – but not just for the fans.‘We cannot give him the licence to think he has to put himself under that pressure. He needs to play with the freedom that he has.’MORE: Emotional Nick Kyrgios pays tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant ahead of Rafael Nadal clash Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jan 2020 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Ronaldinho raves about Gabriel Martinelli and compares Arsenal wonderkid to Ronaldocenter_img Advertisement Ronaldinho has compared Martinelli to ex-Brazil star Ronaldo (Picture: Getty) Gabriel Martinelli has had an outstanding debut season for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ronaldinho has tipped Gabriel Martinelli for big things in the future and likened the Arsenal youngster to his former Brazil team-mate Ronaldo.Martinelli completed a move from Ituano to north London last summer and the 18-year-old has made an immediate impact in Arsenal colours, racking up ten goals and two assists in all competitions.The teenager has found the net in each of his last Premier League games against Sheffield United and Chelsea and the attacker will be bursting with confidence ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Bournemouth.Martinelli’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed back home in Brazil where he has even caught the attention of one of football’s all-time greats, Ronaldinho.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferenceTo 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 6:01FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-bournemouth-mikel-arteta-preview-press-conference-2095088/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.Martinelli’s ‘confidence’ and ‘talent’ has even led Ronaldinho to compare the forward to his legendary compatriot Ronaldo.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,’ Ronaldinho told The Mirror.‘He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: “who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?”‘He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.‘He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.’last_img read more

FIFA wants uniform global use of VAR, says refs chief Collina

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA wants VAR video reviews to be applied in the same way across all competitions, as they take over direct responsibility for the system.Issues concerning VAR have been handled primarily by IFAB, the game’s law-making body, during the system’s two-year experimental phase and its introduction as part of the laws of the game.Soccer’s global governing body FIFA, however, took over the role of supporting competition organisers with the implementation of VAR from July 1.Pierluigi Collina, the Italian former World Cup referee and chairman of FIFA’s Referees’ Committee, told Reuters the move was a “natural transition”.“IFAB as an organisation has the duty to govern the laws of football, including VAR and the protocol and regulations. Once the laws of the game are set, IFAB’s job is over,” he said. “It is then FIFA that deals with referees’ education around the world supporting all the member associations.”Issues concerning VAR have been handled primarily by IFAB, the game’s law-making body, during the system’s two-year experimental phase and its introduction as part of the laws of the game.Soccer’s global governing body FIFA, however, took over the role of supporting competition organisers with the implementation of VAR from July 1.Pierluigi Collina, the Italian former World Cup referee and chairman of FIFA’s Referees’ Committee, told Reuters the move was a “natural transition”. “IFAB as an organisation has the duty to govern the laws of football, including VAR and the protocol and regulations. Once the laws of the game are set, IFAB’s job is over,” he said.“It is then FIFA that deals with referees’ education around the world supporting all the member associations.”There have been some variations in the use of VAR in different competitions and national leagues, but Collina said there should be a uniform approach. “Another responsibility of FIFA’s is to have the laws of the game implemented all over the world in the same way, there cannot be different implementation of the laws of the game in different continents or different countries. Our responsibility is to ensure that football is played in the same way all over the world.“Can you imagine in international competition played by teams who are used to having different interpretations of the laws of the game in their domestic competition? Saying that VAR should be used in the same way all over the world is something obvious.“Of course there can be some small differences, but the general implementation should be the same. “It is FIFA and IFAB’s responsibility to have the game played the same way across the world, for the benefit of those who are playing,” he said.The Premier League has not used VAR to check for encroachment off the line by goalkeepers during penalty kicks despite that element being part of the protocol.Speaking generally, Collina said FIFA wanted to avoid situations where players in an international tournament faced surprise decisions. “If something is written in the laws of the game, it has to be implemented everywhere, otherwise can you imagine the surprise of someone who is penalised for something in an international game that he is not penalised for at home?“Maybe they would not be aware of what they can do? If something in the laws of the game doesn’t work, then it is discussed and eventually changed by IFAB,” he said.last_img read more

Steve Shea, 60, Oxford: Nov. 16, 1954 – Dec. 8, 2014

first_imgSteve SheaSteven Shea, 60, of Oxford, died Monday, December 8, 2014, at his home in Oxford.Graveside Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014 at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Wellington. No visitation is scheduled as cremation has taken place. A memorial has been established with the NRA and may be left with the Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Steven Lloyd Shea was born November 16, 1954 the son of Lloyd and Naomi (Osborn) Shea in Ottawa, KS. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1973. Steven worked as a machinist at TECT for over 40 years. He enjoyed firearms of all kinds and was a gunsmith. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing. Steven was a member of the Kansas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association.Steven is survived by his sister, Cindy Wiley of Oxford; stepdad, Jerry Price of Oxford, and niece, Christy Newlin, great nephews, Quentin Newlin and Bryson Mahurin; great nieces, Aubriannah Presinger and one great great-niece, Arienna Mahurin.He is preceded in death by his parents.last_img read more