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

Trump to reverse Obama’s transgender rules

first_imgNewsHub 23 February 2017Family First Comment: Obama threatened to withhold federal funding if schools forced transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender ASSIGNED AT BIRTH against their will. Trump will get things back to normal.Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to revoke landmark guidelines issued to public schools in defence of transgender student rights, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.The draft reverses former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature initiative, which instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity.The White House said on Wednesday they expect to release something new on the issue today, after the Justice and Education departments finish reviewing current federal guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.“I would expect further guidance to come out on that today,” White House spokesperson Sean Spicer told a news briefing, adding that “the president … is a firm believer in states’ rights” and the new administration had “several areas of concern, both legal and procedural”.The draft document states that its purpose is to withdraw the guidance of May 13, 2016, that threatened to withhold federal funding if schools forced transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender assigned at birth against their will.During the election campaign, Trump at first said transgender people should be able to use the bathroom they feel is appropriate, but changed tack after coming under criticism from fellow Republicans, saying it should be a matter for states to decide.On Tuesday, that position was repeated by Mr Spicer. House signals reversal in transgender-bathroom policyTrump to slash bathroom policy?Stuff 22 February 2017Significant setback for gay rights as Trump administration plans u-turn on transgender bathrooms.READ MORE: read more

USC thrives in mid-season scrimmage

first_imgOne of the many corny sports idioms of the world is short, sweet and rhymed: “Teamwork makes the dream work.”Cliched, to be sure, but the saying rings true in the athletic realm. In an individual sport, such as tennis, however, these words may not be as applicable as they are in a team-oriented sport.So close · Freshman Max de Vroome (above) teamed with sophomore Eric Johnson to take second in the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFor USC’s men’s tennis team, though, different players seem to step up and make big plays each match. This weekend was no different. The No. 2 Trojans competed at the Pacific Coast Doubles championships in La Jolla, Calif., and this time it was the tandem of freshman Max de Vroome and sophomore Eric Johnson who led the way by placing second overall in a tournament with over 100 doubles teams competing.The exhibition tournament was the first time de Vroome and Johnson have paired up this season. After losing the doubles point in the past three matches, USC head coach Peter Smith recognized the need for a change in the lineup, so he switched up the partnerships at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles spots. De Vroome’s regular partner, sophomore Roberto Quiroz, paired up with his cousin, junior Emilio Gomez, who usually plays with Johnson.“Partnerships grow stale,” Smith said. “We want to see motivated guys.  When they’re energized and their feet are moving, everything’s better.”De Vroome and Johnson endured two close matches in the opening rounds of the tournament but found their rhythm and defeated teams from Cal, Rice and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College to reach the semifinals, in which they faced Stanford’s Maciek Romanowicz and Robert Stineman, who usually play at the No. 3 spot for the Cardinal. De Vroome and Johnson rattled off an impressive 6-0, 6-3 win to put themselves in the finals.The Trojans faced UCLA’s No. 1 doubles pair of Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov in the finals. Until the finals, Giron and Novikov had dominated, not dropping a set throughout the whole tournament. De Vroome and Johnson became the first team to take a set over the Bruin pair but could not maintain momentum and ultimately fell in the championship match, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 4-6.The other new doubles team, composed of Quiroz and Gomez, defeated teams from Rice and Toledo before falling to USC assistant coach Kris Kwinta and his former doubles partner from UCLA. On a light-hearted note, Smith nicknamed the new tandem of Quiroz and Gomez “The Ecuadorians,” as both hail from Guayaquil, Ecuador.Junior Ray Sarmiento, who typically plays at the No. 1 doubles spot for USC with sophomore Yannick Hanfmann, played with volunteer assistant coach Peter Lucassen in the tournament. Hanfmann’s knee has been bothering him since the UCLA match on Feb. 22, and he did not travel with the team to San Diego. Sarmiento and Lucassen played well in their first two matches before falling to Stanford’s Romanowicz and Stineman. Sophomore Jonny Wang and junior Michael Grant also played two matches before being defeated by Adam Levie and Toki Sherbakov from UC Davis.This tournament also allowed some of the less experienced Trojans to get some time on the court. Senior Michael Tang and sophomore Nick Hoyle partnered up but lost in the first round. Additionally, junior Corey Smith played with his younger brother, Keegan, but the duo lost in the first match.The teams that were eliminated early spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the San Diego sunshine. The temperature hovered around 70 degrees each day and the waves crashed on the shore just a few steps away from the tennis courts. The players swam and kayaked in their spare time when they weren’t cheering their teammates on.Smith is confident that the trip to San Diego strengthened the team dynamic and that the Trojans will be stronger in doubles going forward.“This is the classic kind of half-way-through-the-season break where we do something a little different,” Smith said. “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and arguably the most beautiful spot in the world. They definitely should come back to campus more relaxed.”USC’s next match is scheduled for March 8 against Pepperdine at Marks Stadium.last_img read more