Advertisement Comment Unai Emery sends Arsenal squad Manchester United reminder ahead of Newcastle clash Arsenal moved to within a point of third placed Spurs before the international break (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has reminded his Arsenal squad they must replicate the intensity they showcased in their recent win over Manchester United if they are to fulfil their objectives between now and the end of the season.The Gunners moved to within a solitary point of third placed Tottenham before the international break after inflicting a first league defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, prior to overturning a 3-1 first leg deficit against Rennes to qualify for the Europa League quarter finals.A clutch of youngsters and senior first team stars not selected by their countries flew to Dubai last week for a warm weather training camp which culminated in a 3-2 friendly win over Al-Nasr on Tuesday.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Mar 2019 1:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link341Shares Denis Suarez made his first Arsenal start in the win over Al Nasr (Picture: Getty)‘Each match is our next objective and we think game by game. The next game is at home with our supporters against Newcastle, so it’s up to us to enjoy each match with the possibility of finding the three points.‘Afterwards, the second way of [qualifying for the Champions League] is through the Europa League.‘We can play for one title and then also to take another way to reach the Champions League. We are in a good moment in good confidence, and also in a good moment physically.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Alexandre Lacazette scored in Tuesday’s win over Al Nasr (Picture: Reuters)Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Monday night against Newcastle, and Emery admits his side cannot afford to take Rafa Benitez’s resurgent outfit lightly.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s our objective but we know that we have to wait,’ said Emery after the win at the Al-Maktoum stadium when asked about the race for the top four.‘We are working and being competitive each match. Now, in these next eight matches, we need to play with a lot of personality like we did against Manchester United.‘We know it’s going to be difficult because we are surrounded by other big teams but I think we are working very well and we are taking confidence to have chances in the last matches. Advertisement
…but free to play in Boxing Day Test(REUTERS) – South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has lost his appeal against a ball-tampering conviction, but will be free to play in the first Test against Sri Lanka starting on Boxing Day.Du Plessis was found guilty by match referee Andy Pycroft of changing the condition of the ball after appearing to use saliva tainted by a mint in his mouth to shine it during the second test against Australia in Hobart last month. South Africa won the test and the series 2-1, but the victory was overshadowed by what Du Plessis felt was an unjust targeting of him.The skipper was fined his entire match fee and had three demerit points added to his record.If a player accumulates four-to-seven demerit points within a two-year period they are converted into two suspension points, which brings a ban for one Test or two one-day internationals or Twenty20s.Du Plessis appealed against his punishment on Monday, questioning whether his actions changed the condition of the ball at all.The Chair of the ICC’s Code of Conduct Commission, Michael Beloff, upheld the verdict, but stopped short of increasing the sanction to an automatic one-match ban which would have been within his remit.International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive officer Dave Richardson welcomed the decision.“It is the duty of the ICC to ensure fair play on the cricket field,” he said in a statement yesterdayy.“Although it was not picked up by the umpires at the time, when the incident came to our attention subsequently, we felt it was our responsibility to lay a charge in this case because the ICC can’t let such an obvious breach of this Law pass without taking any action.“We are pleased that both the match referee and Mr Beloff QC have agreed with our interpretation of the Laws and hope that this serves as a deterrent to all players not to engage in this sort of unfair practise in the future.”Du Plessis, 32, was last week confirmed as South Africa’s new permanent captain after AB de Villiers resigned having missed three test series in a row due to an elbow injury.Cricket South Africa (CSA) accepted the decision.“We are satisfied with the matter being given due consideration,” it said.