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Why Unai Emery did not bring on Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette looks on from the bench during Arsenal’s Europa League defeat (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says injuries to other players prevented him from bringing on Arsenal forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe during the Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.Arsenal missed out on the chance to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages with a game to spare on Thursday evening as they were beaten 2-1 by Frankfurt at the Emirates.New captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts the lead just before half-time but a second-half brace from Daichi Kamada ensured Frankfurt left north London with three points. Advertisement Comment It was another painful night for under-fire manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal spent the last 30 minutes of the match desperately searching for an equaliser and Emery says injuries to David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi stopped him from bringing on attacking duo Lacazette and Pepe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBrazilian star Luiz, playing as a defensive midfielder, hobbled off after 31 minutes while Arsenal’s third and final sub saw Lucas Torreira replace Mustafi.Asked why Lacazette and Pepe remained on the bench for the entire match, under-fire Gunners manager Emery said: ‘We had some injuries.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 City‘We needed to change David Luiz and then we had a problem with Mustafi. Two injuries meant we had to make those changes.’On Arsenal’s performance, Emery added: ‘We lost here but for the Europa League, we have the last match to achieve that.‘The first five or ten minutes of the second half were good but then we lost control for 15 minutes and we could not change the result.’”We lost control for 15 minutes and they scored two goals.””We improved from the last match here.””The fans helped the players, and Granit Xhaka.”Unai Emery reacts to another bad night for Arsenal… pic.twitter.com/Ea5xqUfO98— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 28, 2019 Why Unai Emery did not bring on Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurtcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 10:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link554Shares Reacting to Arsenal’s underwhelming performance, former Gunner John Hartson told BT Sport: ‘There was no urgency in the Arsenal performance.‘Very lacklustre, it looked like they had no direction from the manager in terms of how they were going to play.All in all, very disappointing and on the back of that performance – Unai Emery – they have to be starting to ask questions about his job now, they really have.’MORE: Arsenal fans blast Granit Xhaka for laughing with Eintracht Frankfurt players after Europa League defeatMORE: Unai Emery facing sack as Arsenal suffer miserable defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurtlast_img read more

Manchester United, Leicester keep up the top-four chase in Premier League

first_imgLONDON: Manchester United kept up their chase for a Champions League qualification spot with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on target in a 2-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Thursday.With two games remaining, United are in fifth place on 62 points, behind Leicester City on goal difference, with third-placed Chelsea on 63. After West Ham visit Old Trafford on Wednesday, United go to Leicester on the final day of the season in what could be a decider for fourth place. “We need to smile and go into this, we have earned this right, no-one thought in January that we would be in with a shout for top four,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose team are 19 unbeaten on all competitions. “We have done fantastic since the restart. These are the games that matter. That is the thing at Manchester United, you have to step up and show your personality,” he said. Solskjaer’s side were not at their best in South London and survived a scare just before the break when Wilfried Zaha went down under challenge from Victor Lindelof but referee Graham Scott turned down the penalty appeal. Moments later, Rashford put United in front, his smart footwork sending the Palace defence the wrong way before he coolly slotted home. Mid-table Palace thought they had drawn level in the 55th minute when Jordan Ayew slid in a low cross from Wilfried Zaha but the goal was ruled out for the tightest of offsides after a VAR review. United made sure of victory, vital after Leicester’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United, when Bruno Fernandes and Rashford combined smartly to feed Martial who held off Scott Dann ad drove in the second. “It was a tight game and we didn’t get the rhythm in our passing but two fantastic goals won it for us,” said Solskjaer. Palace, who have now lost six games in a row, suffered a blow when defender Patrick van Aanholt was taken off on a stretcher after colliding with Martial and sustaining what appeared to be a serious shoulder or arm injury. Leicester City boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four as goals by Ayoze Perez and substitute Demarai Gray secured a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United on Thursday. The result left Leicester fourth on 62 points from 36 games, three ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United who were visiting Crystal Palace in a later game and one behind Chelsea in third. Leicester centre-back Jonny Evans stressed that the Foxes were aiming to respond to a crushing 4-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Sunday and praised 19-year old debutant Luke Thomas who set up the first goal. “It was very important, our heads dropped after the second and third goal the other day against Bournemouth, it was important we showed pride tonight,” Evans told Sky Sports. “Thomas was outstanding and everything he did was immaculate, man of the match without a doubt. He’s been training really well and everyone has been really impressed with him.” Agencies Also Watch: Truck Catches Fire in Nagaon; Locals Suspect Foul Playlast_img read more

LA Ballers, John Street, Berlin through to G/town Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ C’ship

first_imgOVER 40 teams collided in fast-paced action when the qualifiers for Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ were played on Friday night on Burnham Court at Middle and Carmichael Streets.All communities of Georgetown were well represented and the most notable teams to qualify on the night were LA Ballers, John Street from the Kitty area and Berlin.With the qualification phase of the Championship now over, the ‘real deal’ will now take centre stage with fixtures set for Friday (July 12) and Saturday (July 13) evenings.Those two nights will see teams play in elimination matches with the subsequent winners advancing to the group stage. Thereafter the top two teams in each group will progress to the quarter-final stage while the losers will have a chance to win a cash prize in the ‘Plate’ section of the Championships.On Friday evening, proceedings got underway with Trap Squad facing newly qualified LA Ballers while Albouystown-A will face Upsetters immediately after.Newcomers John Street will square up against North Ruimveldt while California Square play Alexander Village, North East La Penitence will oppose Stabroek Ballers and Norton Street will have a tall task of opposing powerhouse Back Circle.Streetball juggernauts Sparta Boss will be in action in the penultimate game of the night against Judgement Yard. Defending champions ‘Gold is Money’ will close off the night with a match against Globe Yard.Fixtures are as follows:Friday Fixtures – July 12(1) Trap Squad vs LA Ballers(2) Upsetters vs Albouystown-A(3) North Ruimveldt vs John Street(4) California Square vs Alexander Village(5) North East La Penitence vs Stabroek Ballers(6) Norton Street vs Back Circle(7) Sparta Boss vs Judgment Yard(8) Gold is Money vs Globe YardSaturday Fixtures-July 13(1) Rising Stars vs Good Over Evil(2) Ol Skool Ballers vs Sophia(3) Albouystown-B vs Berlin(4) Kingston vs Broad Street(5) Bent Street vs Charlotte Street(6) Future Stars vs Sophia United(7) Leopold Street vs Pike Street(8) Queen St/Tiger Bay vs Smyth Streetlast_img read more