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David Luiz looking forward to joining fellow summer signings Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal landed highly rated winger Pepe from Lille in a club-record deal (Picture: Getty)Asked about Arsenal’s new signings, and who he is most excited to play with, Luiz told the club’s official website: ‘Like I said, I think it’s a great squad with a lot of quality.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I just hope me, Dani Ceballos and Pepe can give a lot for this squad, for this club, to improve and to help everybody.’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 CityOn why Arsenal appealed to him, he continued: ‘It’s a big club – not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is.‘When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.’ Luiz feared for his game time at Chelsea and jumped at the chance to join Arsenal (Getty)Asked which Arsenal players have caused him the most trouble over the years, he added: ‘It has to be the strikers!‘It was always these opponents I had to try to stop. I’m happy now that I can have Lacazette and Aubameyang on my side, so it’s much easier now!’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 David Luiz looking forward to joining fellow summer signings Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos at Arsenal The Brazilian is excited to link up with his new teammates at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)David Luiz says he is excited to start working with the rest of Arsenal’s summer signings, while he is thrilled he no longer has to defend against the Gunners’ frontline.The Brazilian completed a surprise deadline day move to the Emirates from Chelsea in an £8milllion deal, despite having only signed a new contract with the Blues just a couple of months ago.He joins Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, £72m man Nicolas Pepe and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney in moving to Arsenal, and is excited by the squad that has been assembled. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 9:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

There’s nothing wrong with L.A. Clippers, fans thinking big

first_imgIf so, the Clippers will advance to their first conference final ever.Think about that for a second.• Morales: Houston, you got a problem. Clippers win Game 4, 128-95.The wimpy little brother we once mocked and picked on and laughed at has finally sprouted muscles and a goatee and a set of steely, determined eyes.And he stands just five wins away from the NBA Finals.Of all the crazy things. “You’ve got to believe,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You really do. And I think our guy do.”That’s getting more obvious by the day.The Rockets series has been over for a week now, no matter what the tally looks like at this point. All that’s left now is making it official.“We have to continue to play the same way and be confident,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. “We still have business to take care of.”True, the Clippers are the vastly superior team, even with Paul only a glimpse of himself while dealing with the left hamstring strain.Meanwhile. the Rockets’ care and fight are diminishing by the day. The likelihood they have any desire to return to Los Angeles for a Game 6 is nil.So yes, the Clippers’ first trip to a conference final seems imminent. And while we never thought we’d ever say that out loud, let alone think it, suddenly it seems so right and natural it rolls off our tongues as easily as asking for a cold drink on a muggy summer day.“I mean, it’s about us, not about the Clippers’ franchise and all that,” said Paul, downplaying it. “It’s about us in that locker room.”Paul’s only been around Los Angeles four years, so it’s natural his lens might not capture the enormity of the picture.The rest of us understand the significance of what’s going on.The Clippers belong.Finally.Blake Griffin has taken his game to an entirely new level, rising higher and higher and higher as if soaring to another rim-rattling dunk. Even on relatively a quiet night he had 21 points and eight rebounds,Of which he’s thrown down many on the Rockets. Even while hobbled by injury, Paul is one of the great game managers in the league. His 15 points and 12 assists Sunday were another beautiful illustration of efficiency.Jordan was so mentally affected by the Rockets’ Hack-A-Jordan strategy Sunday, all he did was go out and pummel them with 26 points, 14 rebounds.And every single night, it seems, an X-factor emerges from the supporting cast to carry part of the Clippers burden.J.J. Redick and Austin Rivers and Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford have all played done their parts, sometime subtly sometimes profoundly.In doing do, it’s helped turn a very good team into a legitimate championship contender.Yes, I just said that.With the conference finals virtually a given, why stop there?It’s time to think bigger and broaderThe way I see it, there isn’t one team left on the horizon who the Clippers can’t beat.More importantly, there isn’t anyone remaining in the playoffs operating at a higher level.The Golden State Warriors suddenly look vulnerable.The Memphis Grizzlies’ dirty, ugly, knock-down drag-it-out style is one the Clippers are well versed in, and have a history dealing with.Over in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks are all to be respected but hardly feared.They all have holes in their game.The Clippers, justifiably, can be considering the superior team.This isn’t a case of getting sucked in by the Rockets ineptitude – which is epic for a supposed championship contender.Dwight Howard is not a championship level player. James Harden still can’t seem to carry regular-season success into playoff greatness.The supporting cast is good, but not great.So no, it’s not like the Clippers are beating the Showtime Lakers.But rather than knock them for beating an inferior opponent, praise them for dominating the Rockets as they should.It’s been a methodical, thorough, convincing beatdown, the average point cushion in their three wins a whopping 24.6 points.And with no let up in sight, it should be an astonishingly quick knock out.The conference finals are up next.But why stop there?It’s no longer time for the Clippers to just dream big.It’s time to live large. All of a sudden, everything is going right for the Clippers.And for the first time since forever, peeking ahead doesn’t also mean wondering if the light up yonder is friendly or dangerous.That isn’t an oncoming train, y’all. It’s the brightness and wonder of the kind of sunshine in which everything is possible and even the most ambitious dreams are attainable. • Photos: Clippers demolish Rockets to take 3-1 series leadThe Western Conference Finals whisper from just around the corner, smiling, welcoming as they reach out a friendly hand.The only thing left now is finishing off the Houston Rockets, whom the Clippers abused again in a 128-95 victory in Game 4 of the semifinals Sunday at Staples Center to take a commanding 3-1 lead in this seven-game series.One more will do it, most likely as soon as Game 5 on Tuesday in Houston.“We’re thinking about it, too, as a close-out game,” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said. “We’ve got to go there, be hungry, and you know, in this situation you can’t give teams confidence. You can’t give them life. We know they’re going to come out ready to play Game 5, and we’ve got to stay the hungrier team.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more