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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta explains why Eddie Nketiah starts over Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli against Newcastle

first_imgArsenal boss Mikel Arteta explains why Eddie Nketiah starts over Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli against Newcastle Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Feb 2020 4:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisementcenter_img Ceballos starts for the first time under Arteta (Picture: Getty)Arteta has called on his players to bring energy to the field and press the opposition as a unit at the Emirates.‘I think we have to generate some defensive stability, but not by defending deep. I don’t like that,’ he said.‘It’s by defending high and pressing the opponent as much as possible. But the process – together as many times as possible in the most efficient way – has to be done properly from here.‘If not, in two passes when you arrive there, that transition is impossible to control because you are too far from the opponent.‘So we need to do that well first to be able to generate and sustain our attacks as many times as possible during the games.’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 movesAubameyang has warned his team-mates about the ‘threat’ of Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin, a player he knows well from their time together at Saint-Etienne.‘Newcastle are a solid side. I expect them to play quite deep so we will need to find a way of unlocking their back five,’ he said in Arsenal’s official matchday programme.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But also be careful not to give them too much space on the counter, especially if Allan Saint Maximin is playing.‘He is a threat. I know him very well as he was at the Saint-Etienne academy when I was at the club. He used to come and train with us in the first team. He has great skills and pace too.‘But we are home and we have the belief that we will win with 1,000% commitment and motivation.’MORE: Kanu rates Mikel Arteta’s start as Arsenal boss Eddie Nketiah starts up front for Arsenal at home to Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he ‘trusts’ Eddie Nketiah’s ability in front of goal after naming the youngster in his starting XI over Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli at home to Newcastle.The Gunners kept hold of Nketiah after his loan spell with Leeds in the first half of the season and the 20-year-old forward scored on his return as Arteta’s men beat Bournemouth to reach the FA Cup fifth round.Nketiah then came off the bench as Burnley held Arsenal to a goalless draw before the winter break, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lacazette and Martinelli starting in attack at Turf Moor.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal captain Aubameyang has kept his place in Arteta’s starting XI for Sunday’s clash with Newcastle, but Lacazette and Martinelli start on the substitutes bench at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityDani Ceballos, who has returned to full fitness following a frustrating hamstring injury, starts for the first time under Arteta and the Spaniard plays alongside Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka in midfield.Asked about his surprise decision to select Nketiah up front with Aubameyang, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘He’s been training really well. He’s a kid who has a goal in him.‘I believe we have a game ahead with a really low block and numbers behind the ball.‘He’s a very talented player to find goals in goalscoring situations and I trust him, that’s why I decided to keep him.’ Martinelli and Lacazette start on the substitutes bench at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)On his decision to start Ceballos, Arteta added: ‘Dani needed to pick his fitness up after the injury but he’s been training really, really well and he deserves his chance.’Asked about Mateo Guendouzi’s absence, the Spaniard simply replied: ‘It was a tactical decision.’last_img read more

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Bumbaca: Despite flaws against Alabama, UW should still win Big Ten West

first_imgOn paper, the No. 20 Wisconsin football team had little business being on the same field as No. 3 Alabama Saturday night.Games aren’t won on paper, though, and the Badgers were out to prove that.Didn’t go so well.In back-to-back seasons now, Wisconsin lost its prime-time season opener against a Southeastern Conference west division powerhouse. Last year, the Badgers let an early lead slip away in the fourth quarter during a 28-24 loss to LSU in 2014, also in Texas.For the second straight year, the Badgers have missed an opportunity to prove to the nation that they belong on the same field as those teams.The game essentially ended when Rafael Gaglianone lined up for a 34-yard line with three seconds left in the first half of a 14-7 game against Alabama Saturday night.Had the sophomore kicker carried over his consistency from last season when he made his final 14 attempts, the Wisconsin football team would have entered the locker room down four and with a legitimate chance of pulling off an upset.But Gaglianone pushed his kick right and the ball pinged off the right goal post. Wisconsin couldn’t get it going again, and the Crimson Tide rolled to a 35-17 win at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.But after all of the hype heading into Saturday night’s matchup against the third-ranked team in the nation and a blue-blood football program, there’s still an entire season left to play. A whole 11 games to go. And fortunately for Wisconsin, Saturday was most likely the only time they entered a game as underdogs.Sure, there were mishaps and glaring faults Saturday night. Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said the coaching staff counted 17 missed tackles. That was the entire unit’s fault, outside linebacker Joe Schobert, who had a game-high 13 tackles, said.“Everybody on defense had mistakes the other night,” Schobert said. “Like I said, we’re gonna learn from it.”And if last season is any indicator, the Badgers will learn from it. History tends to repeat itself.The hype from the fans and media were about that one game because, to be honest, it’s the only exciting matchup for the Badgers for a while, at least until the standings begin to shake out and a trip to Indianapolis is on the horizon.“We knew who we were opening up with and who we were going to play for our last game and we knew everyone in between,” Chryst said. “There was a lot of buildup to our first game, but the guys have been pointing to a lot more than just that game. And I’m glad; it stung me, it stung the players. Any time you go out there and put yourself out there and compete, it’s going to — but also, our kids didn’t just point to one game and that was going to be it.”Like last year, no team on the remaining non-conference schedule poses a threat. The three non-conference opponents left are Miami (Ohio), Hawaii and Troy, who posted a combined record of 9-28 last season.Then, Big Ten play begins, and the Big Ten West is greatly inferior compared to its counterparts. The Badgers’ conference foes are the same as last season, when they went 7-1 in conference play before the “Massacre of Indianapolis” during the Big Ten Championship game.It’s not deja vú, but it’s pretty close.On paper, there’s no reason the Badgers can’t win the West and find themselves playing for the Big Ten Title at Lucas Oil Stadium for the fourth time in five years — and quarterback Joel Stave knows that.“The undefeated season is now out of the question,” Stave said. “But besides that, we still have everything we want in front of us. It’s just a matter of taking everything one day and one week at a time.”Stave did all he could on the AT&T Stadium turf, but a non-existent running game doomed the offense from the start. A year removed from losing the starting job to Tanner McEvoy, Stave shined in the spotlight, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 26-of-38 passes.But players aren’t defined by one game, especially the first one. Neither are seasons. That’s the beauty of football, junior cornerback Sojourn Shelton said.“It’s tough to understand, but you just have so much more to fight for,” Shelton said. “Just fix mistakes and get that first W.”For the Badgers to succeed, Corey Clement and Michael Caputo need to get healthy. The offensive line needs to improve. The question marks are there, but the road to Indianapolis is paved — on paper at least.Problem is, games aren’t won on paper.last_img read more

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