Lauren reveals Arsenal Invincibles were always ‘fighting’ each other in training

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 2:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link163Shares Frenchman Wenger led Arsenal to league glory in 2004 (Picture: Getty Images)‘How competitive we were – all fighting between ourselves. I had a fight with Thierry [Henry], Thierry with Martin [Keown], Patrick [Vieira] with Freddie [Ljungberg].‘We were all very competitive and we were all fighting because we all had big egos, big personalities, but by the time the games arrived, we were fighting for the same goal.‘You need that, big egos, but you have the manager as well that knows how to control the big egos, how to control those players.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‘I prefer to be in a team that you see players face to face, you can talk to him, tell him whatever you want but when the games arrive you will be 100 per cent for the same goal, to achieve what we set out to do at the beginning of the season.‘This is the most important thing; without that it is difficult to win things. I don’t want to be in a team that nothing happens, we’re all quiet, if you win no problem, if you lose no problem. You can’t compete like that.‘In our time we were all competitive, we were all fighting between each other but at the end of the day we were fighting for the same goal and that’s why we managed to win things.’MORE: Aaron Ramsey makes telling admission over final period of his Arsenal careerMORE: Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Cameroonian was a key part of the Invincibles squad (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal hero Lauren has revealed how the competitive nature of the Invincibles squad saw them constantly getting in fights with each other on the training pitch but feels it was a key part of their success.Arsene Wenger’s 2003-04 side remain the only Premier League team to go an entire top-flight campaign without losing a single game.Despite appearing as a united front on the pitch, Lauren confessed that the number of big personalities in the dressing room led to infighting behind the scenes – though it never affected them on game day.He told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast: ‘Of course there was fighting. I love at Arsenal that the journalists didn’t go to the training sessions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In Spain in that time [journalists did go], it has been changed, now they have stopped the journalists going every single day. When I went to Arsenal in 2000 I said, “This is not possible.” Why? ‘Because in [Spain] the journalists were going every single day to find history, what happened here, who’s fighting with who. In our time if the journalists were to attend training there would be history every single day. Comment Advertisement Lauren reveals Arsenal Invincibles were always ‘fighting’ each other in traininglast_img read more

Regional Member Associations to receive subvention from GFF from January

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is scheduled to commence the monthly Financial Assistance Programme to Regional Member Associations in January 2018 as they seek to strengthen their affiliates’ capacity to implement their programmes.According to a release from the GFF, this was made known to the regional member associations via correspondence dated Wednesday, September 13 and follows a decision taken at the GFF’s Ordinary Congress in May this year, where it was decided that all associations will receive a monthly subvention of $50 000.Wayne Forde, president of the GFF, stated that the strengthening of good governance structures is key, and highlighted “under president Infantino’s leadership, strong emphasis is being placed on the overall Governance of Football globally.”“While it is also true that the stigma of a pervasive culture of endemic corruption, impropriety and unaccountability looms ominously over Guyana and the wider football world, my executive committee is determined to demonstrate a clear departure from the practices of the past. I remain optimistic that Guyana can lead the rest of the CFU region by implementing with urgency the necessary Governance reforms which will in due course bolster the credibility of football administration,” Forde said.To access the funds, the GFF has outlined criteria which their member associations must adhere to, which state, “Members must hold monthly meetings (Minutes to be submitted); Members must have an active bank account of which the Association’s president is one of the signatories; Members must submit a monthly income and expense report with supporting documents; Members must submit a monthly activity report.”last_img read more

South Africa Sweeps 26 Swimming Medals in Gaborone

first_imgSouth Africa swept 26 medals in swimming at the just ended swimming tournament in the 2nd Africa Youth Tournament in Gaborone, Botswana.South Africa finished first with 13 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals for a total of 26 medals in the swimming event.Egypt came second with 22 medals — 10 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals, while Namibia finished third with four medals — 2 gold, 1 silver and a bronze.Host Botswana could only afford sixth position with 3 medals — Naomi Ruele’s two silver and David Van Der Colff’s bronze.Liberia’s two representatives at the event did not make any significant impact as they complained that they only practiced in Lake Piso and not in any swimming pool.It was in the table tennis tournament, however, that Liberia’s table tennis gem, Lasana Weh, made a mark for himself and his country.Weh, 15, earned the feat by winning his first two straight sets, according to a dispatch from the president of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philibert Brown.Wizkid, as he is affectionately called at the Liberia Table Tennis Association, defeated his challengers from Benin and host Botswana in two of their five best series.Though Weh lost to South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana, his earlier two victories were enough to book Liberia’s ticket for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, scheduled for 16-18 August 2014.Weh is an 8th grade student of the Newport Junior High Public School.For five years Weh has won several tournaments, including the Toyota Cup and the President’s Cup and emerged runner-up twice in the Chinese Ambassador’s Cup.Weh’s interest in table tennis grew as he won cash prizes from the various tournaments.“But, as time went by, Wizkid developed passion for the game and emerged first in every tournament amongst his peers,” someone who has witnessed the boy’s growth told the Daily Observer.The president of the Liberia Table Tennis Association (LNTTA), Amos Korvah, said the association is grateful for Weh’s superb performance.Meanwhile, Liberia’s two swimmers who hail and reside in Grand Cape Mount expressed shock when they saw the Olympic-sized swimming pool, because they have not seen or practiced in a swimming pool.The two, fourth and seventh graders, practiced in Lake Piso. Liberia also failed to advance in boxing.The athletics team is expected to wear their red-white-and-blue to participate in three events which will begin today.The on-going tournament has 2,500 athletes from 54 African countries, and the games included football, athletics, basketball and netball. It is a multi-sport competition held every four years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more