Cesc Fabregas sends class message to axed Arsenal talent spotter Francis Cagigao

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Cesc Fabregas sends class message to axed Arsenal talent spotter Francis Cagigao Cesc Fabregas broke into the Arsenal first team at a 17-year-old back in 2004 (Picture: Getty)‘Nothing would have been the same for me if you didn’t spot me at 15 years old, like so many others. I wish you all the very best for the future, your next team will be very very lucky to have your amazing football brain at their disposal.’Arsenal have also dispensed with the services of senior scouts Brian McDermott and Peter Clark, while Ty Gooden, who according to Goal played a major role in identifying William Saliba, has been dismissed. The FA Cup holders announced earlier this week that 55 club staff would be made redundant as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, but the changes to their scouting department are not linked. 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 ArsenalDespite the financial strain being placed upon the club, Arsenal are determined to press ahead with their plans to bolster Mikel Arteta’s squad this summer. Willian is on the verge of joining on a free transfer from Chelsea, while talks are underway with Barcelona with the Gunners looking to strike a deal for Philippe Coutinho. Another Brazilian, Lille central defender Gabriel, is a top target while Arsenal are said to be increasingly confident that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new contract. MORE: Former Arsenal and Man Utd star Robin van Persie returns to Feyenoord as a coach: ‘I can’t say no to Dick’MORE: Barcelona the only threat to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing new Arsenal dealFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Aug 2020 11:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link389Shares Francis Cagigao was responsible for spotting the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Instagram)Cesc Fabregas has paid a class tribute to Arsenal’s long-serving talent spotter Francis Cagigao who was axed earlier this week as part of the north London club’s dramatic shake up of their scouting network. The Spaniard played an instrumental role in bringing his compatriot to Arsenal as an unheralded teenager from Barcelona. Fabregas went on to establish himself as one of the finest midfield players in the club’s history before his subsequent return to Catalonia in the summer of 2011. Cagigao was also credited with playing a major role in unearthing the likes of Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli, but has been deemed surplus to requirements by Edu after the club’s technical director undertook a sweeping review of the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementFabregas believes he owes much of his success to Cagigao and believes his future employers will benefit hugely from his talent and widom.ADVERTISEMENTHe wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you for the 24+ years of devotion, respect, dedication and love you gave to Arsenal.  Advertisementlast_img read more

AFCON 2021Q: ‘The pitch was terrible’ – Dede Ayew slams São Tomé astroturf

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana beat São Tomé and Príncipe 1-0 in their second AFCON 2021 Qualifier pon Monday, November 18, 2019.A Jordan Ayew second-half penalty was the difference between the two teams on the day.However, the main talking point after Ghana’s encounter with São Tomé and Príncipe was definitely the poor state of the astroturf.Prior to the encounter, concerns had been raised about the pitch by head coach, Kwesi Appiah and Atletico Madrid star, Thomas Partey.The Stars suffered more in the opening stages of the match due to the artificial surface at the July 12 National Stadium but after a while, they managed to string passes together and built up a bit of a pattern.Although quite average, the Black Stars triumphed over the Falcons and True Parrots at the July 12 National Stadium.After the victory, Andre Ayew highlighted the difficulty in playing on that kind of turf.“I want to congratulate the boys for this win.The pitch was terrible. We dominated the game, I think we had about 80% ball possession and we could have scored more but it was a very difficult pitch to play on”.The Black Stars now tops Group C with six points and we will play Sudan in the third round of qualifiers in August 2020.last_img read more

LeBron James: It’s ‘unfair’ to expect so much from Lakers’ young players

first_imgLeBron James is aware the Lakers haven’t lived up to expectations, but he doesn’t think the team’s youth is to blame.Instead, the 34-year-old star came to the defense of his teammates and said he doesn’t think the amount of pressure placed on his young teammates is fair.  LeBron James’ former Cavs teammates refuse to count him out of playoffs Here’s the full video of LeBron James on how youth impacts the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/YmfTUp8IYd— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 6, 2019James, who signed with the Lakers during the offseason, has led Los Angeles to a 30-34 record and he’s in danger of missing the postseason for the first time in 14 years. Including Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets, the Lakers have 18 games remaining in the regular season to try and pass the Spurs (eighth in the West), Kings (ninth) and Timberwolves (10th) to sneak into the playoffs.James reiterated, however, that it’s not fair to point to Los Angeles’ youth as the problem because they are still learning. He also explained that it’s an unusual situation to be in because there isn’t another team in the league that has this type of challenge. “It’s unfair to those guys for us to continue to — we want them to learn, we want them to learn, we want them to learn — I want them to learn,” James said. “But also we have to understand that they’re young as well and they’re going to make mistakes. You just try to limit the mistakes as much as possible. You look at all of the 16 teams right now, the best teams in our league right now, just look at the guys they rely on every single night to be able to come through for them. If they have a young guy it’s probably one or two of them.”He added: “It’s been tough on us.” “You have four guys in our top eight rotation that you have to really rely on, and it’s unfair to them to ask for so much when they’re in their second or third year. We have Zo (Lonzo Ball), Josh (Hart), Kuz (Kyle Kuzma) and B.I. (Brandon Ingram). And we had Zu (Ivica Zubac) at the time,” James explained Wednesday, per the Los Angeles Times. “That’s like five out of our top nine guys that we rely on, and they’re in their first and second year. You can’t find one other team in our league right now that has to rely on that much every single night from their young guys that’s in their first or second year.” Related Newslast_img read more

Fort Lauderdale police officer suspended after pushing woman

first_imgA Fort Lauderdale police officer has been suspended from his job after video surfaced showing him pushing a kneeling protester during Sunday night’s demonstration.Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione announced the decision on Monday stating:“That officer has been removed from any contact with the public,” said Maglione. “He is relieved from duty basically while this matter is investigated. It is going to be investigated first and foremost to see if any Florida statutes were violated. In other words, a criminal investigation is going to commence that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is going to do. It’s not unusual in a case of police use of force.”Witnesses say the incident is what started a confrontation between protesters and police officers that ended in a riot.Several police cars, buildings, and businesses were left severely damaged.Maglione stated that while he does not believe the officer’s actions started the riot, his action may have escalated the situation.last_img read more

Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl LIV

first_imgAdvertisement 8wtsv0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4alWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eatbp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9lWould you ever consider trying this?😱wg1aCan your students do this? 🌚xaj9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Kansas City Chiefs have now become the Super Bowl Champion after fifty years. Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs defeated San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl 54.Advertisement SB LIV took place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. In the fourth quarter, Chiefs were down by 10 points. However, a surge from Mahome’s offence and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter led the Chiefs to their first win in half a century.Advertisement Mahomes didn’t look like his usual self in the second and third quarter as she threw 2 interceptions. Mahomes completed 26 of 41 passes for 286 yards. He scored two rushing touchdowns in the process.Damien Williams ran for 133 yards and scored two touchdowns in the process. Meanwhile, other running backs like Tyreek Hill ran for 105 receiving yards and Sammy Watkins for 98 receiving yards.On the other hand, a big reason behind such a victory from Chiefs is because of the head coach Andy Reid. The 61-year old has coached for 21-years. He spent 14-years being the head coach of Philadelphia Eagles and 7-years coaching the Cheifs. Under his tenure, the Eagles and Cheifs have collectively reached the playoffs 15 times. He also has 207 regular-season wins and 14 playoff wins. This is only his second SB win. His previous came in 1997 when he coached the Green Bay Packers.“I’m humbled by it,” Reid said during Super Bowl week. “Very humbled by it. I have great guys here. Friends likewise around the league. Been doing it a long time. This is about this team, the guys that have worked so hard to get where they are. The players, the coaches, the organization. It’s a team effort even getting to this position.”US President Donald Trump also took to twitter to congratulate Cheifs on their victory.“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback under immense pressure. We are proud of you and the Great State of Missouri. You are true Champions!,” Trump tweeted.ALSO READ:NBA Recap, 13/3/19 – LeBron and Lakers cruise past Bulls Advertisementlast_img read more