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

Cavendish not automatic selection for Tour de France

first_img(BBC) – Mark Cavendish’s chances of being selected for this year’s Tour de France have been hampered by the coronavirus, says his team manager Rod Ellingworth.Cavendish, 35, has 30 Tour stage wins – four behind the record held by Eddy Merckx – but his last two seasons have been plagued by injury and illness.With races postponed since March, he has had no chance to prove his fitness.“He doesn’t have automatic selection and he doesn’t want it,” said Bahrain-McLaren team principal Ellingworth.“He doesn’t want it just handed to him. But we made an agreement that if he was winning races that would be enough to go to the Tour.“Unfortunately that changes, and with so little racing beforehand it cuts his chances of being able to prove he’s back at a decent level.”Cavendish joined Bahrain-McLaren in October 2019 on a one-year deal, joining forces again with former coach Ellingworth, who spent almost a decade at Team Sky.Ellingworth’s team will target the yellow jersey in the rescheduled Tour – set to take place from 29 August-20 September – but he says that does not mean there is no room for Cavendish in the line-up, particularly with the first stage expected to finish in a bunch sprint in Nice.“Technically he’s one of the best sprinters in the world, and if he’s got the form he’s proved many times he can do it with or without a lead-out train,” he said.“Mark brings a lot of value to the team, just in terms of his mindset and his goal-setting.”last_img read more

GHPL: Bechem United coach Kweku Danso, 2 others fined for misconduct

first_imgHead Coach of Bechem United Kwaku Danso has been fined GHc5000 and suspended from the Club’s next three league games after pleading guilty to misconducts in the Ghana Premier League Match day 8 against Medeama.Two other team officials of the Club, Collins Osei Bonsu and Godfred Yeboah Berko, have all been handed fines and suspensions after pleading guilty to the charges against them.Below is the GFA’s charge against Danso:Danso was slapped with a GHS 5,000 fine by the FA and was suspended for three league matches. He was also asked to be of good behaviour in subsequent matches.The GFA also detailed Collins Osei Bonsu and Godfred Yeboah Berko’s offences.This what the FA said of Collins Osei Bonsu:He was given a 2-game suspension and a GHS 2,000 fine.This is what the GFA said of George Yeboah Berko:George Yeboah Berko was given a 2-game suspension and a GHS 2,000 fine. Source: Ghana FAlast_img read more