David Luiz has never had any of the qualities Arsenal need, says Tony Cascarino

first_imgAdvertisement David Luiz has had an unsteady start to life at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)David Luiz has absolutely none of the qualities needed by Arsenal manager Unai Emery, according to former Chelsea and Celtic striker Tony Cascarino.The Brazilian arrived at the Emirates from Chelsea this summer in a move which was widely praised as a positive signing for the Gunners.However, it has been a dodgy start to life in north London for the 32-year-old who has not kept a clean sheet in his four Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far.He was criticised for his performance in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last month and was at fault again against Watford on Sunday as he felled Roberto Pereyra in the penalty box, giving away a spot-kick for the second time in his short Arsenal career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRepublic of Ireland international Cascarino has been scathing of the Gunners’ display at Vicarage Road as they tossed away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2, specifically calling out Luiz for his lack of positive influence.Cascarino wrote for the Times: ‘Arsenal had no control, no composure. They needed to sign a defender this summer, someone who is cool under pressure and has leadership qualities — and they went and spent £8 million on David Luiz, a player who has never embodied any of those qualities.’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 CityArsenal had been in total control at Watford, leading 2-0 at half time, but defensive mistakes cost them two points after the break.Before Luiz gave away the penalty, Sokratis Papastathopoulos was at fault by giving the ball away in his own box, allowing Tom Cleverley to score.Cascarino believes that little has improved since Unai Emery took over as manager last summer as the players are not capable of carrying out the Spaniard’s plans.‘Emery has been at Arsenal for more than a year and, while they have improved in some areas, the same problems remain,’ the 57-year-old continued.‘Last season we were talking about whether they had the players to always be passing the ball out from the back, and we are still having that debate now — it must be infuriating for Arsenal fans to watch and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.’Arsenal are looking to bounce back from the disappointing draw at Watford with a busy week ahead of them, traveling to take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Sunday before hosting Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday and Nottingham Forest in the League Cup the following Tuesday.MORE: Who is to blame for Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies after Sunday’s epic collapse against Watford?MORE: Arsenal defender Sokratis admits he cost his team the game against Watford Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Sep 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link27Shares David Luiz has never had any of the qualities Arsenal need, says Tony Cascarinocenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Creed wins rain-shortened Trucks race at Kentucky Speedway

first_img July 11, 2020 Creed wins rain-shortened Trucks race at Kentucky Speedway Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Sheldon Creed won the NASCAR Trucks Series race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway when rain washed out the final stage.Creed won for the first time in the series, taking the second stage just before the thunderstorm hit the track.Creed started second in the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet and was third in the first stage before dipping low past a group of trucks on the Lap 52 restart. He then battled Kentucky native Ben Rhodes’ for the lead and took control for good, taking the checkered flag just as dark clouds approached over Turn 4 of the 1.5-mile oval. Rhodes, the race winner two two years ago, 2015 winner Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter were next in Fords. Austin Hill was fifth in a Toyota.Rookie Zane Smith started the scheduled 150-lap event second beside Brett Moffitt and hung with him before taking the lead at Lap 26 for the Stage 1 win. Creed took the second stage to make the scheduled 225-mile event official at 71 laps, just moments before NASCAR put the race on hold with lighting spotted nearby.Crews scrambled to cover the cars and seek shelter just before heavy rain fell.last_img read more

Kearns makes one change for Offaly game

first_imgKevin Fahey of Clonmel Commercials replaces the injured Colm O’Shaughnessy at corner-back.This is Tipp’s fourth match in Division 3 – so far the Premier County have recorded a win and two draws.The match-day panel is as follows:  1.        Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash2.        Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials3.        Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers4.        Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow5.        Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule6.        Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers7.        Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers8.        Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers9.        Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers10.        Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle 11.        Peter Acheson – (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers12.        Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty13.        Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen14.        Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials15.        Niall O’Donovan – Arravale RoversSubs:16.        Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers17.        Philip Austin – Borrisokane18.        Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials19.        Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan20.        John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen21.        Liam Casey – Cahir22.        David Butler – Drom & Inch23.        Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers24.        Mark Hanley – Aherlow25.        Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials26.        Ian Fahey – Clonmel CommercialsThrow-in at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town, is at 12.30pm.  Tipp FM will have regular updates on the progress of the match.last_img read more