John Hartson urges Mikel Arteta to axe three Arsenal players after Spurs defeat

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jul 2020 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares John Hartson urges Mikel Arteta to axe three Arsenal players after Spurs defeat Arteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:05FullscreenArteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against Tottenhamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reacts-arsenal-sides-2-1-defeat-against-tottenham-2209436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arteta faces a battle to keep hold of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates with just one year left on his current contract.But, Hartson believes that regardless if the Gabon international stays, Arsenal cannot move forward until they improve defensively.‘I’m sure he [Arteta] is looking at the defence and thinking, ‘That’s nowhere near good enough’,’ Hartson added.‘The mistake from Kolasinac today led to the goal from Son, there was other mistakes, Mustafi, the way that he defended in the second half, diving in, not standing on his feet, just poor decision making from an experienced international centre-back who cost £35 million from Valencia, you want more than that from your centre-half. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? 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Hartson says Arsenal’s defence is categorically not good enough (Pictures: Stadium Astro/Getty)John Hartson has urged Mikel Arteta to completely reshape his defence in the next transfer window after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Spurs on Sunday.Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners with a wonder strike from outside of the box, but, their defensive frailties came to the fore once again as Sead Kolasinac gifted a goal to Heung-Min Son to make it 1-1.Poor marking from a corner allowed Toby Alderweireld to head home the winner in the 81st minute and condemn Mikel Arteta’s side to their third defeat since the restart.While Arsenal seemed to have slightly improved defensively under the Spaniard, keeping three clean sheets in a row prior to the 1-1 draw with Leicester City last week, they have been consistently found out against better opposition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta faces a major rebuilding project in the summer and former Gunners striker Hartson would like to see the back of all three starting centre-backs against Spurs.‘Ideally, I’d like to replace all three, [Shkodran] Mustafi, Kolasinac and [David] Luiz, but I don’t think he’s going to replace all three,’ Hartson told Stadium Astro.‘Rob Holding does okay when he comes in, still relatively young, I think the two full-backs [Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin] are decent, [Bernd] Leno in goal, I like [Dani] Ceballos, [Lucas] Torreira, [Granit] Xhaka he seems to like. ‘For me, I would get rid of all three [defenders] if I possibly could but I don’t think that’s going to happen, but, all three of them I’m not sure they’d get in of any of the top four teams.’last_img read more

Uzoho: Messi Made My Best Day In Football

first_img Uzoho’s inclusion in Nigeria’s squad to the football fiesta was a massive surprise to many. The young shot-stopper was part of the victorious Nigeria squad at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, albeit without playing a single minute at the tournament. But Uzoho moved to Deportivo La Coruna from Qatar’s Aspire Academy in January 2017 and, later that year, became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga, marking his memorable Deportivo debut with a clean sheet. His form in Spain caught the attention of Gernot Rohr, who had been looking for solutions to the Super Eagles’ goalkeeping problems caused by the premature retirement of Carl Ikeme. Then only 19, Uzoho made his Super Eagles debut against Argentina in a November 2017 friendly, a game Messi missed, and Nigerian won by a 4-2 scoreline. Despite his relative inexperience, Uzoho was elevated as the first-choice keeper ahead of the experienced duo of Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, heading to the World Cup.Advertisement Loading… He was in goal when Rohr’s men lost to Croatia, defeated Iceland, and succumbed to a late 2-1 loss to Argentina, with Messi netting a fine opener. Despite the Super Eagles losing that encounter, Uzoho feels privileged sharing the same pitch with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. “Playing at the World Cup for the first time as a first choice goalkeeper came as a grace to me,” the Omonia Nicosia keeper said, as quoted by the media. read also:Uzoho: Why I married at 20 “In fact, the day Nigeria played against Argentina was my best day in the game because I stood on the same field with Messi and Higuain, players I respect a lot. “I had to control my excitement as a professional keeper to give my best in the game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Francis Uzoho has picked the Super Eagles last group match against Messi’s Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as the best day of his football career. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThe Most Beautiful Middle Eastern Actresses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

Cahill enjoying life under Mourinho

first_img Press Association One of the reasons for Mata’s omission is the new demands Mourinho is making of the World Cup-winning Spain playmaker. He wants all of his players to defend and is deploying a higher line at the back. Cahill added: “He really expects you to defend and know where to be. Not just the back four, but everybody when we lose the ball. “I don’t mind playing higher. It’s difficult to play high against people with real, real pace. “(But) I’m quite comfortable with playing high and I think the lads are.” One player who will not be in the Chelsea line-up is Marco van Ginkel. The Holland midfielder has made just two appearances following his £8million move from Vitesse Arnhem and now faces six months of rehabilitation on a knee injury. The 20-year-old underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If events on the touchline provide intrigue, so too will the team sheet submitted by Mourinho, who rather disingenuously suggested Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup encounter at Swindon was a chance for fringe players to win a first-team place. Mourinho has admitted he is uncertain of his best team, but whether Juan Mata has done enough to earn a place in the starting XI at White Hart Lane remains to be seen. It is likely the Portuguese will field what he considers to be his best side against a Spurs squad he believes are one of five teams who could challenge the Blues for the Barclays Premier League title. Fernando Torres, who scored one and made another at the County Ground to set up a fourth-round tie at Arsenal, could continue at striker, ahead of Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. Gary Cahill is likely to remain at the heart of the defence, a position he has played in seven of Chelsea’s eight matches this term; the only one he did not start was the loss at Everton. Following successive losses at Goodison Park and to Basle in the Champions League, Cahill believes Chelsea have bounced back strongly. “It was a tough week, especially when we lost back to back,” Cahill told Chelsea TV. “But we’ve responded really well. Two wins, two clean sheets. Happy days at the minute.” In a master-versus-apprentice contest, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea take on Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham in Saturday’s London derby. Much of the attention will be on Mourinho and his opposite number as Villas-Boas is not only a former Chelsea manager, but also worked with his fellow Portuguese at Porto, Stamford Bridge and Inter Milan. It will be the first time the pair have encountered each other in opposing dugouts after their relationship broke down in 2009. last_img read more