Alex Iwobi responds to Arsenal’s moves for Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco

first_img Read More Read More Skip Ad Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco are both on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Alex Iwobi has welcomed the addition of ‘great’ players such as Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco to Arsenal’s ranks.Unai Emery is looking to strengthen in central defence, at left-back and on the wing this summer despite only having a budget of around £40million following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.The Gunners have bid £40m for Zaha, 26, and Crystal Palace were reportedly left ‘furious’ and ‘incensed’ by the offer for a player they have no intention of selling.Carrasco has also been heavily linked in recent weeks, but Dalian Yifang have informed Arsenal that the 25-year-old Belgium international is not for sale.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Coming Next Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Iwobi is not worried for his place at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Iwobi thanked Emery for giving him the opportunities to prove himself in the Spaniard’s first season as manager.‘I was involved quite a lot last season,’ Iwobi said.‘Obviously you want to start as many games as you can but it doesn’t work that way when you have a team like Arsenal, you just have to do well and whenever the opportunity comes, do your best.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I just have to say thank you for the opportunity he is giving me.‘I’m happy to play anywhere [for Arsenal], I’ll play wherever I’m told to play.‘I’ve always seen myself as a midfielder, like an attacking midfielder but I’ll always give my best whether I’m told to play in the middle or somewhere else.’MORE: Saint-Etienne president sends message to Arsenal over William Saliba Full Screen / Top articles SPONSORED Read More Read More Skip 1 min. story Read More Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jul 2019 2:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link517Shares Alex Iwobi responds to Arsenal’s moves for Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 1/1 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 CityAsked if such rumours raised questions about his future at Arsenal, Iwobi told Goal: ‘I don’t have any idea of going anywhere else, I’m an Arsenal player.‘For a big club like Arsenal, you mentioned two great players so it will be exciting to have them.‘I don’t know anything that’s going on behind closed doors.’ Advertisement Video Settings Manchester United captain Harry Maguire last_img read more

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Phone ‘thief’ caught

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Guimbal police station, facing charges./PN Eleccion’s arrest came after Mar CarGomez, 32, reported to the police that his phone was stolen. John Paul Eleccion of Barangay Nalundan,Guimbal was caught around 8 p.m. on Jan. 3, a police report showed. center_img ILOILO City – Police arrested a man forallegedly stealing a cellphone in Barangay Cabasi, Guimabal, Iloilo. last_img

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Syracuse expects improved pitching depth heading into 2015 campaign

first_imgSydney O’Hara pitched in 36 of Syracuse’s 49 games last season, including 27 starts, and logged more than 150 innings.She finished fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in opponent batting average and ninth in strikeouts, earning a spot on the All-ACC first team at season’s end.But while O’Hara was the go-to option, the Orange lacked strong additional options.Head coach Leigh Ross expects junior Jocelyn Cater and freshman AnnaMarie Gatti to help take the load off O’Hara, and senior Lindsay Taylor to pitch significant innings when she returns from injury. The three pitchers have different looks and Ross expects to use them interchangeably depending on opponents’ weaknesses.“I think you kind of build around pitching,” Ross said. “When you have pitching, the rest of it, you can put the pieces together.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter her dominant freshman season, O’Hara remains an unquestioned ace.She’s been working on her change-up, she said, and her goal is to have a more complete arsenal in 2015.“It’s coming along,” she said of the pitch, “and just keep the same intensity on the mound as last year.”But as a player who hits every day and plays in the field when she isn’t pitching, O’Hara takes on a lot as the season goes on. Having a deeper rotation this season would help keep her fresh and take pressure off of her arm.The team boasts a diverse group of pitchers, too. O’Hara is right-handed and throws a rise ball while Gatti, also right-handed, is a drop-ball pitcher. Cater throws similar pitches to O’Hara, Ross said, but is left-handed.“They’re looking at different angles,” Ross said about other teams when they have to face the Orange. “If their game plan is, well, we have a curveball pitcher so we’re going to crowd the plate or whatever, then you throw a drop-ball pitcher in there. Now it’s different for them.”In softball, Ross said, any pitcher can throw a lot of innings, but the depth and flexibility of the SU pitching staff will allow the team to try out different combinations.Though Ross won’t pull a pitcher who’s throwing well, she has the luxury of changing it up as soon as the opponent gets comfortable.At the back end of the staff is Lindsey Larkin, who Ross called a mop-up pitcher, and sophomore Jordyn White.“She’s done a fantastic job being that off-speed, coming in, throwing them off, maybe one time through the lineup,” Ross said of Larkin.Larkin, who is left-handed, is a good ground-ball pitcher who will most likely be used in late-game situations, Ross said.Larkin said she worked on her change-up during the offseason to compliment her drop ball. She and White have been putting in extra work since Winter Break, throwing to their teammates in the batting cages.“Throwing to live batters is really helpful,” she said. “Jordyn and I do that a lot and we’ve learned that it’s helpful for the batters and for ourselves.”The team will need improved pitching from last season if it is to reach its goal, the NCAA tournament. Last year, SU was ninth in the ACC with a 5.00 team ERA.This year, behind O’Hara and plenty of other options, the Orange is looking at pitching as a strength.Said Ross: “When you know you’ve got a solid staff in the circle, if you can score a couple runs, you’re going to be in every game.” Comments Published on February 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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