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

NHL playoffs 2019: Evander Kane says fighting Ryan Reaves is like trading blows with the ‘Muffin Man’

first_img“He looked pretty short to me when he hit the ice there,” Kane said. “He wasn’t much more than a foot tall.”The Golden Knights won the game 6-3 and lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET. Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves finally fight after chirping all night pic.twitter.com/Rla9W0ktX4— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 15, 2019The fight, which came with two minutes left in the third period of Game 3, was the culmination of plenty of chirping between the pair and featured some serious haymakers from both players.And, while Reaves appeared to make solid contact several times, Kane didn’t seem to have a mark and kept talking the second he stood up.”For a guy who plays 3 1/2 minutes a night, he sure does a lot of talking,” Kane said. “I think he thinks it’s the WWE. He’s probably going to end up there pretty soon with the way his game looks.”Another year left in his deal, I’m pretty sure Vince McMahon will be giving him a call pretty soon.”Evander Kane’s full comments on Ryan Reaves fight, some highlights:”He thinks it’s the WWE. Probably going to end up there pretty soon.””Nobody thinks of Ryan Reaves as a hockey player.””To chirp Jumbo’s vision. The guy has over 1,000 assists. That doesn’t seem too bright.” pic.twitter.com/JG5heW3zB4— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) April 16, 2019Kane’s comments came after the fight and after a pre-game in which Reaves called out the forward for not wanting to take him on when the Golden Knights winger was on the ice.“Kane gets 10 feet tall when I’m not on the ice, and when I’m out there, he doesn’t seem to do much,” Reaves said Sunday before Game 3. “That’s how he’s been every time I’ve played him in my career. I don’t expect it to stop.”The Sharks forward clearly heard those quotes and returned to them after Game 4. “For the so-called toughest guy in the league, I don’t know if he landed a punch,” Kane told reporters, via Fear the Fin. “At times, I thought I was fighting the Muffin Man.”Didn’t expect that, I expected more of a battle.” Related News NHL playoffs 2019: Lightning’s Victor Hedman out for Game 4; Alex Killorn a game-time decisioncenter_img NHL playoffs 2019: Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov in concussion protocol after Alex Ovechkin fight Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves dropped the gloves during Game 3 in Las Vegas and the Sharks forward was not impressed.Even though Reaves wound up on top at the end of the battle, Kane compared the Golden Knights’ winger to a character from a nursery rhyme.last_img read more