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

TP Mazembe celebrate fifth crown in African champions league

first_imgHundreds of supporters of the newly crowned African champions league TP Mazembe celebrated their team’s success in the finals of the tournament.The streets of Lubumbashi were taken over by the jubilant fans, who escorted the players as they made laps of honour in the streets, parading the trophy. Mazembe beat Algeria’s USM Alger 2-0 on Sunday to give them a 4-1 triumph on aggregate and an automatic entry to the FIFA Club world cup in Japan next month.last_img

Chelsea owner spent £110.5m paying off sacked managers

first_img But it has now emerged that sacking the Italian and his backroom staff actually cost Chelsea a grand total of £26.6m. A statement from the club confirmed: “Exceptional items in the current year of £26.6m relate to changes in respect of the men’s team management and coaching staff, together with associated legal costs.” Claudio Ranieri – who was awarded £6m – was Abramovich’s first casualty, lasting just a season before being sacked to make room for Mourinho. Read Also:Abramovich rejects mega million deal for Chelsea The Special One – and his backroom staff – were given £23.1m in 2007, with Avram Grant picking up £5.2m after being dismissed in May 2008 – days after losing the Champions League final. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneMysterious Underwater Objects Most People Don’t Know About7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Best Cars Of All Time Roman Abramovich has spent a whopping £110.5million paying off sacked managers since becoming Chelsea owner in 2003. Loading… Since buying the Blues from Ken Bates, 12 managers have come and gone under the Russian tycoon’s regime – including Jose Mourinho twice. Only one of them left on their own terms – Europa League winner Maurizio Sarri, who ditched the Blues for Juventus after just one year in London. Antonio Conte was the most recent axing at Stamford Bridge – with the Blues ordered to pay the Italian £9m in compensation.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Green Machine’ steamroll T&T

first_img24 – 17 to retain RAN South Zone 15s titleTWO tries from Avery Corbin, and one each from stalwart Richard Staglon and newcomerRichard Staglon on his way to scoring his try for Guyana against Trinidad.Ahmad Isaacs, as well as two conversions from Captain Ryan Gonsalves saw Guyana defeating rivals Trinidad and Tobago 24 – 17 to retain their Rugby Americas North (RAN) South Zone 15s title yesterday at the St Stanislaus College Ground.With the win, Guyana will now travel to Mexico City for their July 1 clash with the Mexicans; their second in as many years, for RAN’s overall title. The last time the two sides met, Mexico outclassed the ‘Green Machine’ 32 – 3.Meanwhile, despite the weather and a waterlog field, Guyana was able to claw their way from being down 5 – 0 in the early stages, after James Phillips scored for a try for the visitors, but the ‘Soca Ruggers’ would later miss their conversion.Successive tries by Staglon and Corbin and a conversion by Gonsalves, later saw Guyana closing the half 12 – 5, much to the delight of the vociferous crowd at the venue which was hosting Rugby for the first time, after the usual battle ground at the National Park was deemed unsuitable for play.Guyana’s Claudius Butts makes his way through the strong Trinidad defence (Delano Williams photos)It was a see-saw battle in the second stanza, with the two countries having their fair share of possession, but it was Isaacs who would break the drought for Guyana when he paced down the wing to score his second try of the championship, having scored one against Barbados.Gonsalves was not able to make good of the conversion, but Guyana was up 17 – 5. However the Trinidadians continued their relentless pursuit and was able to pierce Guyana’s ‘air tight’ defence to score through Karlon Alexander.Johnson Alleyne’s conversion meant that the Trinidadians were on the verge of a comeback, as the visitors put the score 17 – 12, but still trailed.With chants and loud cheers from the crowd, Corbin displayed the type of Rugby that placed him as one of the top players in RAN, when the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldier powered his way through the middle and staved off a bullish Trinidadian defence to score his second try of the game.Gonsalves scored the conversion to put Guyana up 24 – 12. But it was not over as yet.Trinidad and Tobago, with time running out, tried desperately to get back into the game, especially since a draw would’ve seen them through to face Mexico and hand them the title.The ‘Soca Ruggers’ could’ve only mustered a try (24 – 17) as time was not on their side and had to watch Guyana celebrate another title.Last year, Guyana had defeated Trinidad and Tobago 23-18 in the Twin Island Republic to win the title.last_img read more

Badgers zone out streak

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)After the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had its 17-game winning streak snapped Wednesday, senior forward Alando Tucker is looking for the Badgers to go on yet another run.”We have eight more games of the regular season left and we have to finish that out,” Tucker said. “I definitely plan to go undefeated in these eight games.”UW senior guard Kammron Taylor one-upped Tucker’s lofty goals.”It was a great accomplishment,” Taylor said of the 17-game winning streak. “But we still have another 17 games left, hopefully.”The only way the Badgers could go on another 17-game winning steak is if they take care of the eight remaining regular-season games, win three games to capture the Big Ten Tournament and run the table in the NCAA Tournament to win it all.Even though Tucker and Taylor’s goals may be rather grand, the Badgers certainly know they don’t like the taste of defeat after Wednesday’s disappointing 71-66 loss to No. 25 Indiana. After all, Nov. 24 was the last time they lost.”Two months without taking a bump — that’s a long time,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said.The second-ranked Badgers (21-2 overall, 7-1 Big Ten) will have an opportunity to quickly bounce back from only their second loss of the season as the Northwestern Wildcats (11-10, 1-7) visit the Kohl Center Saturday.In the first matchup between the two teams this season, Wisconsin escaped Welsh-Ryan Arena with a 56-50 victory. The Badgers were stymied by a pesky 1-3-1 Wildcats defense, but this time around Wisconsin feels much more comfortable against the zone.”I think we got a lot of good looks in the second half when we played them there on how to attack their zone,” Tucker said. “We were more aggressive towards pounding it on the inside.”At first, Wisconsin struggled mightily against Northwestern’s zone defense in the Jan. 13 game, trailing 36-31 with 15 minutes remaining in the second half. But then Tucker started to take over, sparking an 8-2 Badgers run by attacking the rim.Forwards Brian Butch and Marcus Landry also stepped up and provided a much-needed low post presence. Butch finished with nine points and seven rebounds, and Landry finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.Saturday, Tucker will be looking to Butch and Landry for big games once again.”We’re definitely going to try to send a lot of guys to the glass,” Tucker said. “That’s where Brian and Marcus cleaned up last time — they were able to attack the glass and that’s what’s going to help us win.”But while Wisconsin will be looking to attack the rim, Taylor knows taking care of the ball will be crucial as well.In the last meeting versus the Wildcats, Taylor had no assists and two turnovers. Since then, the Badgers’ starting point guard has made a conscious effort to distribute the ball more efficiently. Since the Northwestern game, a span of five games, Taylor has averaged an assist-to-turnover ratio of nearly 2-to-1.”The guards are where the point-off attack starts,” Taylor said. “We just have to do a good job of taking care of the ball and try to find a way to get the ball inside the paint and work from there.”While Tucker and Taylor may be looking to go on an eight- or 17-game winning streak starting Saturday, the Badgers are simply going to go about their business as they have been all season: one game at a time.”That’s the way we’re looking at it — just one game,” Butch said. “We had a little setback [against Indiana], but we’re able to come out, get some of that out of our system and get ready for Saturday.”last_img read more