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Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli and explains substitution confusion

October 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zzqgqddue.

first_imgThe Brazilian looked like he would be sacrificed when David Luiz was sent off (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta insists he was not considering taking off Gabriel Martinelli after the Gunners were reduced to 10 men and praised his performance in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.The teenager hit double figures for the season – the first Arsenal teenager to do so since Nicolas Anelka – after a lung-busting run in the second half, capitalising on a slip from N’Golo Kante before placing the ball in the bottom corner.But he might not have been on the pitch to equalise for the visitors, with Arteta getting ready to bring on Rob Holding to fill in for David Luiz following his sending off. Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5kShares The teenager ran the length of the pitch before levelling the scores (Picture: Getty)Martinelli appeared to be the player that would make way, though Arteta is adamant the Brazilian would have stayed on even before he had a re-think over the substitution.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he was thinking of taking off Martinelli off, Arteta explained: ‘Not Martinelli but I changed my mind. I was thinking about that and I said, “I don’t want to send that message to the team”.‘And we decided to keep us as we were and give them a chance. And I wanted to see how they could respond to that, you know? Don’t make the response for them.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‘Because I asked them to be accountable for what they do and I didn’t want to make a decision that didn’t let them decide for themselves. So great response from them.On Martinelli’s performance, he continued: ‘To play in this stadium the way he’s done, with 10 men, and play against Azpilicueta – who is in my opinion one of the best defenders in the league – and he was going against him every single time. You need courage to do that. Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli and explains substitution confusioncenter_img Arteta was delighted with Martinelli and the entire team’s effort (Picture: Getty)‘And then his energy is… I wanted to take him off a few times [after the goal] because he looked knackered and he was cramping, and then next minute he was sprinting 60 yards again.’Asked if Martinelli had stepped up in the absence of the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he added: ‘Not just him. I think Laca is playing a really good level even if he’s not scoring and Nico (Pepe) as well. And everybody that’s coming in.‘They are fighting really hard in training, fighting to convince us to play more. When they question some things, I say to speak on the pitch. And this is speaking on the pitch.’MORE: Frank Lampard blames Emerson Palmieri for Arsenal equaliser and slams his Chelsea teamMORE: Bruno Guimaraes breaks silence on Arsenal transfer links as Edu attempts to close dealMore: 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 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mile run record on Badgers’ minds

September 17, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: oioiyzvto.

first_imgThis Saturday will mark the only home outdoor meet for both the Wisconsin men’s and women’s track and field teams with the Wisconsin Twilight Invitational.Yet, for the most part, neither of the two squads will be paying too much attention to it.With the Big Ten Championships, NCAA Regionals and the national championships all coming up this month, the coaches’ interests are certainly elsewhere.”Every meet in track and field is preparation for the Big Ten Championships,” said UW women’s head coach Jim Stintzi. “This weekend really will just be like any other weekend where we’re just gearing up for Big Tens.”However, that is not to say the Twilight Invitational will be a pointless meet, as there is plenty to get excited about.”It’s always fun to run at home,” UW men’s head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. “And there’s a few events that should be very outstanding at the meet and that we’ll be excited about.”One of those events will be the men’s one-mile run, which will be the first time since 1973 that the event will be ran on the McClimon Memorial Track.Despite the fact that most of Saturday’s events are going to be taken with a conservative approach to avoid injury heading into the postseason, the participants still will be attempting to break a record, or lack thereof.No runner has ever achieved a sub-four minute mile run in the state of Wisconsin. Former Badger Steve Lacy set the fastest outdoor mile in state history in 1983 with a time of 4:02.96. He also holds the record for the fastest indoor mile with 4:00.4.Wisconsin runners Ben Gregory, Chris Solinsky and Christian Wagner certainly will be aiming to break Lacy’s record and the sub-four mark, as it is a record all sports alike can appreciate.”A lot of people don’t know what a 60-foot shot put is or a 17-foot vault, but they all understand what a four-minute mile is,” Nuttycombe said. “It’s still a milestone that transcends even beyond track fans.”But it won’t just be Gregory, Solinsky and Wagner competing for the record, as Matt Groose of the Wisconsin Runner Racing Team and former Badger Matt Tegenkamp will also be running in the mile.Welcoming Tegenkamp — the UW record holder for most All-American honors and now a professional runner for Nike — will be a bittersweet moment for the team.”It will be great to see him on the track,” Nuttycombe said. “I’ll be happy that he’s on the track but sad that he’s wearing something other than Wisconsin on the front.”The women’s team, on the other hand, will simply be looking to improve upon what has been an up-and-down outdoor season.After finishing fifth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, it appeared as though the team would continue its trend of gradual progression under Stintzi in just his second season.However, that has not been the case so far.”I had thought going into the outdoor meet that we would be better off [than indoors],” Stintzi said. “But I’d say we’re a little bit behind where we thought we might be.”The women’s team redshirted junior Melissa Talbot for the outdoor season — arguably its best hurdler and pentathlon athlete — and has endured its fair share of setbacks, one of which being Blair Luethmers’ struggles in the pole vault outdoors after winning the indoor championship.”She’s had some great meets, and she’s had some meets where she hasn’t been so great,” Stintzi said. “But I think she’s coming around at the right time, and I think she’ll be ready to go next weekend.”While this time of the year is undoubtedly the most hectic for both track and field teams with the season close to an end, both coaches are anxiously awaiting the end of the month, as it is what they’ve been working for all year.”It’s hectic but exciting,” Nuttycombe said. “You work during the year to try and put things together to go at the conference, regional and national [meets], and this is just the start of that cycle.”last_img read more

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