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

NTTF Organises Trials to Prune Team

first_img“I am impressed with the response of the players because every one of them wants to make the team to South Africa. For now we will still be watching them because the trial will afford us to pick the best among them for the World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa by end of the year,” he said.However, the duo of Abayomi Animashaun and Azeez Solanke believe they would make the team having been part of the squad to Algiers where the team picked a spot to the global tournament.The invited players were part of the team that featured at the ITTF African Junior Championship in Algiers where they qualified for the World Juniors, while outstanding players from the National U-16 tournament also made it to the camp.President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, the camp becomes necessary as some of the players would learn some of the latest rudiment of the sport.“The selected players will later go into close camping before the championship in November and they will continue to train in readiness for the competition.“Segun Toriola will surely depart to his base after the camping and we hope the coaches around can continue to sharpen the skills of the players before the tournament which has Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria and Tunisia representing Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The National Training Centre of the Lagos National Stadium will come alive today as the 20 players in camp ahead of the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship in South Africa will be trim in one-day trials.According to Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), the players will be pruned to 12 made up of six male and six female that will make the final camping for the championship holding in November 2016.According to the Coordinator of the camping exercise, Segun Toriola, the players have been given their best in order to be part of the team, adding that the 12-man team that would make the final phase of camping will be known this weekend.last_img read more

Opoku Ware clinch Sprite Ball title

first_imgOpoku Ware School (OWASS) has won the tenth anniversary edition of the Sprite Ball Championship after the Ashanti Region side beat Mfantsipim School 27-25 in the final game of the tournament. Opoku Ware completed revenged the semi final loss to the same side in the last edition.OWASS started off on a good note as the side pummeled Mfantsipim with a flurry of baskets including a pair of three point shots from Shooting Guard Emmanuel Agyapong and running layups from Emmanuel Harris.At the end of the first half, OWASS led 19-9 in what was turning out to be a landslide win for the Kumasi side who kept danger men Kofi Aboagye Acheampong and Phixon Selwyn in check.However, quick reaction from Mfantsipim early in the second half signaled a revival from the record winner of the competition. Midway through the half, Mfantsipim took a 24-23 lead before Harris sank completed a three point play to restore Opoku Ware’s lead and seal victory.St. John’s School won bronze after beating Pope John’s Senior High School 23-16. Fellow Cape-Coast based side Wesley Girls High School had much better fortunes as it beat Kumasi Girls Senior High School 6-4 in the girls division to win the Championship.last_img read more

Panthers defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. cited for marijuana possession, other charges

first_imgThe Panthers issued a statement Wednesday evening. “The club is aware that Bryan Cox Jr. was cited by law enforcement today. We are in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the NFL and Bryan. We will have no further comment at this time.”Cox, the son of former Dolphins All-Pro linebacker Bryan Cox, has played 18 games for the Panthers since being signed as a free agent out of Florida. He has 16 career tackles. Panthers defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. was cited by police Wednesday on several charges, including possession of marijuana.According to multiple reports, the third-year player was on his way to Charlotte from the Panthers’ training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina, when a North Carolina state trooper pulled over his 2015 Nissan on suspicion of going 90 mph in a 65-mph zone on I-85. Police cited him for speeding, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.last_img read more