Mikel Arteta explains ‘great opportunity’ for Arsenal signing Pablo Mari in Dubai

first_img Full Screen Comment Read More Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 8 Feb 2020 3:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.1kShares SPONSORED Top articles by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Speaking from Arsenal’s camp, head coach Arteta said: ‘They needed three four days off to relax their minds and recover their bodies.‘They’ve been through a lot in the last few months and now I think they are ready to have five or six really good training sessions here before we go back to London and focus and prepare as well as we can against Newcastle.‘This is what I want to create. The new players that we have, it is a great opportunity for them to spend time together with the other players, get to know each other, live together – the same for me with the backroom staff as well. I think it’s going to be a very important break.‘We suggested Dubai because we have a close relationship with our sponsor, but also because it’s a place where the weather conditions are really good and the players like to come here. Mikel Arteta explains ‘great opportunity’ for Arsenal signing Pablo Mari in Dubai 1 min. story 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Pablo Mari has been training with Arsenal at their warm-weather training camp in Dubai (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal’s warm-weather camp in Dubai will provide a ‘great opportunity’ for Pablo Mari to bond with his new team-mates both on and off the training field.Arsenal agreed a loan deal with Flamengo for Mari, 26, towards the end of the January transfer window, with Arteta desperate for defensive reinforcements following Calum Chambers’ season-ending knee injury.Mari will hope to be in contention to make his debut when the Gunners play host to Newcastle after the winter break and the Spaniard took part in training for the first time earlier this week.Arsenal’s players flew out to Dubai on Friday and are scheduled to return to north London on February 11.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Video Settings / center_img About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More Mari completed a loan switch to the Emirates this January (Picture: Getty)‘We knew most of them were going to come here and relax with their families and be ready for training.‘Hours together, to spend together, grab a coffee together, to have conversations, to have unit meetings, individual meetings, group meetings about the things we have to achieve and to review what we’ve done.‘I’ve made a big review of what we’ve done so far in these five or six weeks, the things we can improve, the things that we have improved a lot and that we have to maintain, that we cannot lose now.‘Hopefully we can make another step forward as a team.’ Coming Next PLAY Advertisement Skip Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Mari will hope to hit the ground running at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mari hopes to give fans something to cheer about again by emulating the success some of his fellow countrymen have had success at Arsenal in recent years.‘There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal,’ he told Arsenal’s official website earlier this week.‘[Cesc] Fabregas, [Santi] Cazorla, [Jose Antonio] Reyes… they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this club.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 City‘One of those legends that we have with us now is Mikel. He was a very important player for Arsenal and now this is a new project for him as coach, but I think he’s going to repeat what he achieved when he was a player.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Personally I look up to him and the career he had at Arsenal. That’s what I’ve been working for all these years.‘I’d love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again.’Will Pablo Mari succeed at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Jordan Pickford speaks out on his ‘disgusting’ error after Everton beat Crystal Palace Skip Ad Advertisementlast_img read more

Information Minister justifies reasons for its foreign policy stance

first_imgInformation Minister Ambrose George says several heavy criticized initiatives undertaken by the Roosevelt Skerrit government have brought benefits to the people of Dominica.George was speaking on the Next Level Program on Kairi FM.He says the foreign policy which government has adopted has reaped tremendous benefits for the country.“We have seen the foreign policy adopted; we made reference to the policy that was adopted in terms of assistance from Venezuela which was more aggressive which brought tremendous resources to the country. We cannot help but refer to ALBA where in fact when that move was made; we were heavily criticized for that. I remember Edison James saying we were bringing an army base in Dominica. Now we see the benefits from ALBA,” he said.George said the Petro Caribe project was also heavily criticized by environmentalist who said we should not bring that project into Dominica.“We also saw the benefits that Petrocaribe has brought to the country,” he said.Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica Vibes News Share Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Information Minister justifies reasons for its foreign policy stance by: – June 21, 2011last_img read more

Wales Out to Inflict More Pain on Portugal

first_imgIt will be virgin territory for Wales when they face Portugal in the Euro 2016 semifinals yet their opponents could be forgiven a sense of deja vu as they step on to the pitch in Lyon this evening.This will be Portugal’s fourth semifinal in the last five editions of the competition stretching back to 2000, but for all their success in reaching the latter stages of the tournament, there has been little glory along the way.Only once have they overcome the last-four hurdle and then they were beaten in the final by Greece as hosts at Euro 2004. If you include their defeat in the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup and a loss at the Euros in 1984, they are becoming all too familiar with the pitfalls of this stage of major tournaments.Portugal’s conquerors in their recent last-four clashes have included football powerhouses France, at Euro 2000 and the World Cup in 2006, and Spain at Euro 2012.Should they lose to Wales, playing their first major tournament in 58 years and their first ever semifinal, it would be a devastating blow.Yet Wales are arguably the form team coming into the match.Chris Coleman’s side have revelled in their underdog status to win their group, which also included England, Russia and Slovakia, ease out British rivals Northern Ireland in the last 16 and sweep past heavy favourites Belgium in the quarters.Portugal is yet to win a match at the tournament inside 90 minutes, having drawn all three group games, beaten Croatia in extra time and squeezed past Poland on penalties.Things are yet to click for Portugal, and by extension for captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who has at times looked exasperated by his teammates’ attacking shortcomings.Yet Portugal is unbeaten in 12 competitive internationals since Fernando Santos took over as coach at the start of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.With Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Pepe marshalling an increasingly assured defence, they will be tough to break down.Especially for a Wales side deprived of one of their most talented creative influences in midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is suspended after picking up a booking in the win over Belgium.While Gareth Bale has been Wales’s attacking talisman, scoring three times to lift them out of their group, Ramsey has been arguably their most influential player, scoring one and producing four assists in the run to the last four.The match is likely to be billed as a contest between the two most expensive players in the world – Ronaldo, who will play a record third European Championship semifinal, and his Real Madrid teammate Bale.Perhaps ominously for Wales, Ronaldo has netted twice in each of his last two games in Lyon for club and country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Nnadozie: No Repeat of History against France…

first_imgFIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Nigeria – FIFA.comNigeria team at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 – FIFA.comFIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportAs Nigeria’s Super Falcons take on host France today at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Rennes, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has promised Les Bleues will not be as lucky as they were during their friendly clash last year.The 18-year old goal tender was between the sticks when France hammered Falcons 8-0 in that friendly. DINAN, FRANCE – AUGUST 13: Chiamaka Nnadozie of Nigeria during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 group D match between China PR and Nigeria at Stade du Clos Gastel on August 13, 2018 in Dinan, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) But Nnadozie is adamant that history won’t repeat itself. “I know they will feel relaxed, thinking that they may score more than eight goals this time again,” observed the Falcons keeper who kept a clean slate in her first World Cup action against South Korea last week.She however admitted that today’s clash was going to be tough, given the fact that the hosts have maintained 100 per cent start to their campaign with two victories.“It’s going to be a tough game. They (Les Bleues) are one of the best teams in the competition, but we are letting them know that it’s not going to be like that again.“That (defeat) was last year. I know we are not going to lose. We are going to make our country proud,” Nnadozie reassured Nigerian fans ahead of the game.Coach Thomas Dennerby handed Nnadozie her first World Cup starting shirt against Korea last Wednesday with the confidence that the Imo-born goalkeeper was not going to disappoint.Nigeria entered the second match against Korea under the pressure of knowing that only victory would preserve realistic hope of a top-two finish in Group A after conceding 0-3 to Norway in her opening game. And Nnadozie responded with a clean sheet in the 2-0 victory for the African champions.“My coach called me and said, ‘This is your time’,” Nnadozie told FIFA.com yesterday. “It was a dream that came true.”Nnazodie’s rise in Nigerian women’s football has been rapid.She started playing football as a 12-year-old and was quickly elevated into the U-17 and U-20 national teams.Last year she pulled on the gloves at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and displayed her potential in a Player of the Match performance against Haiti in Brittany. It was in that tournament that Nnadozie set her sights on returning to France for the senior global finals.“I knew it was going to come true, because when I was coming up my coach used to tell me, ‘Work hard, you will get there’,” she said. “I really worked for it. Every time at training, I gave it my best. Even if I was tired, I would keep pushing.”Nnadozie carried only one target into France 2019.“I told myself that before the end of the tournament, by God’s grace, I must keep goal in one match,” she said. “When I was called upon to keep goal, though I was a little bit scared, I encouraged myself, I told myself, ‘Come on, you’ve been doing it during the friendly matches, so you have to do it now’.”Nnadozie achieved her pre-tournament goal in a performance against Korea Republic that demonstrated poise and maturity beyond her years. She became, at 18 years and 186 days, the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s World Cup.“After the match, when I saw the post, I was so happy,” said Nnadozie. “A young girl like me getting a good record, I was so proud of myself.“I am so proud of the defence. They did great. I know I can’t do it without them – they made it possible for me,” she observed further.Nigeria’s power-playing trio – Desire Oparanozie, Rita Chikwelu and Francisca Ordega – all must play with caution as they are each on a yellow card and would be ruled out of the Round of 16 if they are cautioned against the Les Bleues this evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more