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‘Special!’ Arsenal coach hails Mesut Ozil for trademark goal in training

first_img‘Special!’ Arsenal coach hails Mesut Ozil for trademark goal in training Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Oct 2019 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShares Read More Coming Next Top articles Skip Ad Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1 min. story PLAY About Connatix V67539 by Metro Full Screen Read Morecenter_img / Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Skip 1/1 Read More Advertisement Video Settings Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Emery was ultimately rescued from suffering a second defeat in four days by Nicolas Pepe’s two late goals and afterwards refused to be drawn on Ozil’s situation.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 ArsenalHe said: ‘Tonight is not the day to speak about that.‘He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.’Ozil trained with the rest of the first team squad on Friday ahead of tomorrow’s match against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium and evoked memories of the goal he scored in last season’s fixture, bouncing the ball over the advancing goalkeeper using the side of his foot.Watching first team coach Pablo Villanueva was clearly impressed, lauding Ozil as ‘special’ but Emery is unlikely to be swayed into handing the former Real Madrid star a reprieve.Asked by Sky Sports to give fans an answer as to why Ozil isn’t featuring, he simply replied: ‘I think now is not the moment to speak about him.’Who will last longer at Arsenal?Unai Emery0%Mesut Ozil0%They’ll both leave at the end of the season0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & LiverpoolMORE: Roy Hodgson aims dig at Arsenal over failed summer move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha SPONSORED Mesut Ozil has not been involved in any of Arsenal’s last five matches in all competitions (Picture: Arsenal YouTube)Mesut Ozil earned the praise of Arsenal’s coaching staff during Friday’s training session, but the he is unlikely get the chance to showcase his skills on Sunday after Unai Emery again refused to clarify his reasons for exiling the club’s highest earner.The former Germany international has made just two appearances this season and hasn’t featured in any of Emery’s five most recent matchday squads.Emery’s decision to freeze out the 30-year-old World Cup winner has coincided with a series of muddled performances while the likes of Dani Ceballos, Joe Willock and even Lucas Torreira have been trialled in Ozil’s preferreed No.10 role with little success.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal were booed off at half time during Thursday’s Europa League match against Vitoria while trailing 2-1 with a large section of home fans singing Ozil’s chant.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Wet outfield means another day lost in Durban

first_img(REUTERS) -`A wet outfield again prevented play on the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand in what is becoming an increasing embarrassment for the hosts.Heavy rain on Saturday night left the outfield at Kingsmead patchy, muddy and dangerous for the players and no improvement in the situation, despite two clear days, meant no play for a second successive day.Despite a gusty wind overnight, wet patches remained and any possibility of play ended after a 14:00hrs inspection, raising questions about a decision to relay the outfield. It is also the first winter Test in Durban.“It is most unfortunate and certainly beyond our control that the heavy unseasonal rains in Durban had impacted our plans,” Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.“We are sympathetic to the efforts of all the ground staff who have tried their level best to ensure match-readiness despite the adverse weather conditions leading into this Test match.”New Zealand were struggling at 15 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 263 before the rain came just before lunch on Saturday – consigning the teams to their change rooms for the last two and a half days.A soggy draw seems inevitable with only one day left to play.Work was done to improve the outfield in Durban – removing sand and grass and relaying it – after both teams complained that it was too hard when they played there last year in a one-day international.The work was completed on July 1 but flooding and a lack of sunshine had not helped the grass to properly cover, leaving it soft underfoot and patchy. The latest rains have exacerbated the situation.The timing of the work is now under question as a similar process in Pretoria where the second Test is to be played next week was completed in April.last_img

Quintyne, Campbelle overlooked for Pakistan series

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): No room has been found for all-rounders Shaquana Quintyne and Shemaine Campbelle in a 13-member West Indies Women’s squad announced on Saturday for the one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan starting later this month. The 19-year-old Quintyne, who captained Barbados to the regional 50-overs tournament in August, is one of five players failing to make the final cut, along with Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack and Vanessa Watts. Selectors had called up 18 players to the ongoing camp in St Lucia, which began last month. A leg-spinner and a capable right-handed batter, Quintyne has taken 26 wickets in 29 ODIs and 31 wickets from 33 Twenty20s, but has not suited up for West Indies in nearly a year. During the regional tournament, however, she was good enough to average 46, while taking four wickets. The 22-year-old Campbelle, meanwhile, is a seasoned campaigner, having played 61 ODIs and 68 T20s, since making her debut six years ago. She has a century – 105 against Sri Lanka two years ago – and has taken 21 wickets with her medium pace. The squad, which is led by new captain Stafanie Taylor, includes former skipper Merissa Aguilleira along with twins, Kycia and Kyshona Knight. The players will remain in camp, which started earlier this month in St Lucia, before facing Pakistan in the first of four day/night ODIs next Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium. West Indies will also take on the Pakistanis in three T20s in Grenada, starting October 29. SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Shakera Selman (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Tremayne Smartt.last_img read more