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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil raring to go for north London derby

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal star Mesut Ozil raring to go for north London derby Comment Ozil scored and assisted against Bournemouth in the 5-1 midweek win (Picture: Getty)‘The most important thing is every player is OK for tomorrow.’On Ozil’s time out of the squad, Emery added: ‘He had injuries, his back, then he was sick. That’s the reason. I spoke with him, I spoke to you telling that when he can be consistent, available for training, it’s better for us.’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 Arsenal Unai Emery has been non-committal over whether Ozil will start at Wembley or not (Picture: Getty)Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is in good spirits ahead of Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham and appears eager to retain his starting spot at Wembley.The German World Cup winner made just his second Premier League start of 2019 in midweek against Bournemouth and put in a stellar performance, opening the scoring before setting up Arsenal’s second goal.Ozil has been plagued by injury problems recently, suffering back and knee troubles, while there have been suggestions that manager Unai Enery does not trust him in big games.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 CityBut, fresh from his brilliant display against Bournemouth, Ozil has made it clear he is fit and raring to go against Spurs at the weekend.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘North London Derby incoming,’ he posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon after the final training session before facing Spurs. ‘Let’s keep the faith!’ Emery has been non-committal about whether Ozil will start or not at Wembley, though is delighted that the 30-year-old has overcome his injury difficulties and is back in regular training.On whether Ozil will start against Spurs, the Spaniard explained: ‘We are doing a plan for a lot of matches. Each match is different. Home, away, depending on the opposition. 〽 North London Derby incomin’ … ??⚽? Let’s keep the faith! #WeAreTheArsenal #YaGunnersYa #COYG #M1Ö @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/MWgSGvypXL— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) March 1, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 4:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link984Shareslast_img read more

Anjorin to ink new Chelsea contract

first_img “It was like he had been beamed back down to earth as a complete player overnight! “After that, he was always the standout player; people knew him before he even knew how to spell his name. He is a goalscoring midfielder in the Frank Lampard mould. Lampard was one of his idols, but so were Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane. “He has a high level of technical ability, great finishing quality and a great passing range. We felt that the Chelsea environment was perfect for Tino. “It has really stretched him. The training has always been harder than the matches, he’s highly competitive and he just wants to get on the pitch and beat his opponent.” Having progressed through Blues’ academy, Anjorin was part of the Under-18s side which won an unprecedented quadruple in 2018, with only the UEFA Youth League alluding him of the major trophies available to young players in England. The Poole-born teenager made his first team bow in late September against Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup while his first Premier League appearance came on Sunday as he stepped off the bench for the closing stages of the 4-0 win over Everton. Though he was overshadowed by the performance of Gilmour, it was clear that Anjorin will not struggle in senior football given his frame, though – like Loftus-Cheek – it has played a role in him picking up more injuries than he would have liked in his early career. He also needs to work on building up both his speed and acceleration when running if he is to take the next step and become a regular first-team footballer at the top level. Whether he makes that step at Chelsea or elsewhere, however, is up in the air somewhat. With the Blues looking to tie down a number of their prodigious young talents, the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all signed new contracts over the past 12 months. Anjorin, however, has not been able to agree terms, and as such is now just over three months away from entering the final year of his current deal. Talks have been ongoing regarding a renewal for some time, with the Blues having previously been confident pen would be put to paper sooner rather than later. Their interest in Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham, who is being heavily linked with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, has further slowed matters, and there is some concern another of the club’s brightest prospects may follow in the footsteps of Tariq Lamptey – who joined Brighton in January – and leave. Read Also:Teen star Gilmour vows to keep proving worth at Chelsea Chelsea must now fight to show Anjorin that he is in the right place to further his development, and handing the England youth international more first-team opportunities will likely help. But should they fail to tie him down then there is set to be a long list of suitors for one of the most impressive teenage footballers the Premier League currently has to offer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tino Anjorin is set to sign a five-year extension with Chelsea. Tino Anjorin The 18-year-old made his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Everton as a late substitute. And The Sun says Anjorin is poised for a new contract, despite still having remaining on his current deal. The Blues have already locked down youngsters Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Marc Guehi to long-term deals. Anjorin joined the West London club as a six-year-old. Few academies are getting a better showcase this season than Chelsea’s. Whether by choice or forced by the club’s transfer ban, Frank Lampard has turned to numerous homegrown talents in a bid to maintain the Blues’ status among the European elite. The latest to earn their opportunity was Billy Gilmour, whose star turns in midfield against both Liverpool and Everton in front of live television audiences in the UK should ensure that he becomes a household name sooner rather than later. Gilmour, of course, does not have the same history as some of Chelsea’s other young players in terms of his upbringing, with the Scot having been brought to west London from Rangers in 2017. Tino Anjorin joined Chelsea at Under-7s level, and has worked his way through the various age groups to now be on the cusp of earning a regular berth in Lampard’s first-team squad. A physically imposing presence who has been compared to Ruben Loftus-Cheek due to his stature, 18-year-old Anjorin has been the shining light in Chelsea’s youth team this season, contributing 11 goals and six assists thus far. Born to a football-obsessed family of Nigerian heritage, Anjorin was christened Faustino to pay homage to former Newcastle and Colombia forward Faustino Asprilla. It is a tradition that has run through the family, with his younger brother named Zico after the Brazilian legend. His father, Sheriff, has played the lead role in overseeing his development and revealed that he has been overpowering opponents from a very early age. “When he was three-and-a-half, he went and joined in a training session with six-year-olds,” Anjorin senior told Goal. “He was dribbling better and shooting with more power than those older than him. 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Sports getting underway in the 2015 fall semester

first_imgIn just over a month, the fall athletic season will be ramping up.Find out which teams will look to build on last season’s successes, and which teams are looking to turn it around and get back to winning ways in 2015.Football Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldLast season, Wisconsin started 3-2 before rattling off seven-straight wins to win the Big Ten West Division and advance to the Big Ten Championship game. Despite a loss to Ohio State in the championship game, the Badgers fought through the departure of head coach Gary Andersen to win the Outback Bowl against Auburn with former head coach and current Athletics Director Barry Alvarez filling in as head coach.UW football coach Gary Andersen leaving for Oregon StateWisconsin football head coach Gary Andersen will be leaving the team for a head coaching position at Oregon State University, Read…With Andersen’s abrupt exit from Madison for Oregon State, the Badgers hired former University of Wisconsin player and coach Paul Chryst to be the 30th coach in program history.It’s official: Chryst hired as new Wisconsin head coachIt’s official: Paul Chryst will be coming back to the Wisconsin football team as its head coach. Chryst — a Read…In 2015, the Badgers start with one of college football’s powerhouses when they face head coach Nick Saban and Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Texas. After that, Wisconsin shouldn’t face a challenge until they open Big Ten play with back-to-back games against Iowa and Nebraska.Fifth-year senior Joel Stave will once again command the UW offense while junior running back Corey Clement has big shoes to fill after Heisman finalist and first round draft pick Melvin Gordon left for the NFL. With Chryst calling the plays, expect Wisconsin to stick to its traditional ground-and-pound offense with play-action passes that burn opposing defenses.For the Wisconsin defense, the Badgers return a plethora of starters from the 2014 squad that ranked in the top three in the Big Ten in most defensive categories. Fifth-year senior safety Michael Caputo was a second-team All-American last season while former quarterback-turned-safety Tanner McEvoy and cornerbacks Darius Hilary and Sojourn Shelton should anchor the Wisconsin secondary on defense.This season, riding behind Clement and the defense, Wisconsin should once again compete for a Big Ten West Division title and another shot at the Big Ten Championship game.Badgers punch ticket to Big Ten championship game with defeat of MinnesotaFor the third time in four years, the University of Wisconsin football team will head to Indianapolis for the Big Read…Men’s basketballThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team is coming off its best two seasons in program history. After a somewhat of a surprise trip to the Final Four in 2014, the Badgers marched their way back to the Final Four after winning the Big Ten regular season championship and the Big Ten tournament. For the first time in program history, UW earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and defeated Coastal Carolina, Oregon, North Carolina and Arizona to make it to the national semifinals in Indianapolis in 2015.Thirty-eight and no: Wisconsin moves on to national championship game with stunning win over undefeated KentuckyINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team was able to do something no other team has done all season. No Read…Perhaps the biggest win in program history came at the Final Four when Wisconsin knocked off then 38-0 Kentucky, ending their season, while sending the Badgers to the national championship game for the first time since 1941. Despite a loss to Duke in the national championship game, the Badgers finished the season an impressive 36-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in Big Ten play.Wisconsin was led by consensus National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and second-team all-Big Ten selection Sam Dekker. Both made history when they became the first UW duo to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft.But this summer has brought about one significant change to the Wisconsin basketball program as longtime head coach Bo Ryan announced this upcoming season will be his final one. Ryan is Wisconsin’s all-time winningest coach with a 357-125 record at UW and has amassed more than 700 wins in his 30-plus years as a college basketball head coach.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan to retire after 2015-16 seasonAfter 14 seasons of serving as the head coach for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, Bo Ryan has decided his Read…Ryan’s last season in Madison won’t be an easy one, however, as Wisconsin will have to replace its two star players in Kaminsky and Dekker along with Traevon Jackson, Josh Gasser and Duje Dukan.Junior forward Nigel Hayes and junior guard Bronson Koenig will carry the load for Wisconsin this season and both could find themselves on the All-Big Ten first-team should they continue to improve. Freshman Ethan Happ vastly improved during his redshirt season and could be an emerging star at forward. Incoming freshman Brevin Pritzl should compete for playing time at guard with redshirt sophomore Jordan Hill and redshirt junior Zak Showalter, who all will play alongside Koenig in the backcourt.Women’s basketball Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldThe struggles for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team under head coach Bobbie Kelsey continued last season. Over the last four seasons, the Badgers haven’t won more than 12 games in a season and went just 9-20 in 2014-15 with a 5-13 Big Ten record. In three out of the past four seasons, Wisconsin has finished 11th in the conference.But Kelsey is back for another season and she, along with the rest of her team, have their sights set on higher aspirations for this upcoming season. They’ll be helped along by senior guard Nicole Bauman who averaged a team-high 15.3 points per game last season while shooting an outstanding 48.8 percent from 3-point range – ranking second in the country.Women’s basketball: Bauman breaks into leading roleThe Kohl Center is where it all started for Nicole Bauman. From her sophomore season in high school until the Read…Wisconsin also gets back a first-team All-Big Ten selection in Michala Johnson who took a medical redshirt last season after tearing her ACL in December. Despite being drafted in the WNBA draft by the New York Liberty, Johnson was granted a sixth year of eligibility and decided to return to Madison. In her last full season in 2013-14, Johnson averaged 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Senior guard Tessa Cichy will be a key player for the Badgers once again this season as well alongside Bauman and Johnson.Volleyball Jenna Freeman/The Badger HeraldAn often overlooked UW athletics team, the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team consistently puts out title seasons. In 2013 they reached the national title game as the 12th-overall seed, before falling to Penn State. They then followed it up with another spectacular season in 2014.The Badgers finished regular season play strong with an impressive 19-game winning streak accompanied by their first Big Ten title since 2001 while ascending to No. 2 in the rankings.In the NCAA tournament, the Badgers won a thrilling five-set match over fellow Big Ten foe Ohio State in the Sweet 16 before falling to Penn State in the Elite Eight. After all was said and done, Wisconsin finished the season with a 30-3 overall record and an 18-1 Big Ten mark.Badger volleyball honored with numerous Big Ten AwardsThe Wisconsin volleyball team’s regular season success translated into several individual postseason awards, which were announced Tuesday morning. Sophomore setter Read…While they lost some key seniors from last year’s squad, the Badgers still return plenty of firepower and that starts with All-American and former Gatorade High School Player of the Year Lauren Carlini. The junior setter won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award in 2013 and followed it up by winning Big Ten Player of the Year last season. Carlini is joined by sophomore outside hitter Kelli Bates who came onto the scene in a big way as a freshman in 2014. Bates averaged 2.85 kills per set and was named to the all-Big Ten freshman team.Wisconsin has turned out another top-tier recruiting class as well, which ranks in the top four in the country, according to PrepVolleyball.com. Six incoming freshman are ranked in the top 100 with two of those falling in the top 10.Women’s Soccer Herald File PhotoMaybe one of the best athletes at Wisconsin is found on the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Rose Lavelle, a junior midfielder, is not only making an impact for the Badgers, but for the United States. Lavelle will be bringing national experience and talent back to Madison this season where she hopes to guide the Wisconsin women’s soccer team to an even better finish than last season.In 2014, the Badgers went 19-3-2 and 9-2-2 in Big Ten play. Their crowning moment was winning the Big Ten Tournament in double overtime on a corner kick from junior Kinley McNicoll. It was Wisconsin’s first Big Ten title since 2005 gave them a program record 18 wins in the season.McNicoll, who also played internationally for Canada, joins Lavelle again to form a formidable duo on the pitch for UW. While they lost some valuable seniors from last year’s unit, the 2015 women’s soccer team will be looking to provide even more firepower and an even better finish to the upcoming season.Badgers’ McNicoll, Lavelle transfer international experience back to Madison While most soccer fans spent the first half of the summer rooting for their favorite country in the FIFA World Read…Men’s soccer To say that the Wisconsin men’s soccer team was young last season would be an understatement. Head coach John Trask went through some growing pains with 12 true freshman on the 2014 squad that finished just 3-12-3 and 0-7-1 in Big Ten play. But, the team showed some signs of growth throughout the season, with three of their seven Big Ten losses coming in overtime including a heartbreaking double overtime loss to No. 12 Penn State toward the end of the season.Men’s soccer student section bolsters game atmosphere The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team took matters into its own hands to try to better engage with student Read…Despite the team’s struggles, a trio of freshman made their mark on the team and across the conference. Tom Barlow, Mark Segbers and Mike Catalano all landed on the all-Big Ten Freshman team. Wisconsin’s three selections to the team were the most of any school in the Big Ten. During the season, Segbers and Barlow teamed up to score 10 of Wisconsin’s 20 goals. All three players were also ranked among the top 100 freshmen in the country by Top Drawer Soccer. A promising underclassmen group of players will be joined by senior midfielder Drew Conner who Top Drawer Soccer ranked as the 73rd-best player in Division I soccer. Conner led the Badgers in minutes last season with 1,608 and scored two goals.With a mix of experience and talented youth, the future could be bright this season for this men’s soccer team that is hoping to improve upon a difficult 2014 season.last_img read more