David Raya to push for Arsenal transfer as Emiliano Martinez nears exit Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Raya helped Brentford to the Championship Playoff final, though they were beaten by Fulham (Getty)Martinez, meanwhile, looks set to be granted his wish to play regular first-team football by moving to Aston Villa after Dean Smith’s side lodged a £15million offer.The Gunners are still holding out for a bigger fee – closer to £20m – and would hope to spend less than half of that on signing Raya as his replacement, allowing the rest of the funds to be used to strengthen other areas of the pitch.MORE: Edu sends honest transfer message to Arsenal fans amid Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey rumoursMORE: Nigel Winterburn warns Arsenal they should only sell Emiliano Martinez on one conditionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Gunners want to sign the Brentford keeper as Bernd Leno’s backup (Picture: Getty Images)Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is eager to join Arsenal this summer and his agent has made it clear they will do everything possible to try and secure a move to the Emirates.With the Gunners set to cash in on the impressive Emiliano Martinez – who is on the verge of joining Aston Villa – that leaves Mikel Arteta in need of a new backup option behind number one keeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal have set their sights on Raya, who has impressed in the Championship for Brentford, though the Bees have no desire to sell. Comment Arsenal will cash in on Martinez and want Raya as his replacement (Picture: Getty)But the Spanish shot-stopper is desperate to make the step up to the Premier League with Arsenal and is even prepared to hand in a transfer request to secure a move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRaya’s agent, Jaume Monell, confirmed to Spanish newspaper Sport that Arsenal have lodged a proposal for the keeper, but Brentford are refusing to negotiate and feel they hold all the cards with the 24-year-old contracted until 2023.If they continue to play hardball, Raya will try and force the move with Monell saying they ‘will do what is necessary’ to secure a move to Arsenal.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 ArsenalArteta is a big fan of compatriot Raya, who counts as a homegrown player having left Spain at the age of 16 to join Blackburn Rovers.Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana also knows Raya well, having worked with him at Brentford before being poached by the Gunners, and he would be keen on a reunion in north London.
MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports InsiderOklahoma won a fifth straight Big 12 championship and is making a third straight Playoff appearance under coach Lincoln Riley. Heisman Trophy runner-up Jalen Hurts leads a talented offense that finished second in the FBS in total yards (554.2) and fifth in points per game (43.2). Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is a game-breaker, and the defense improved under new coordinator Alex Grinch. Oklahoma, however, will be without starting defensive end Ronnie Perkins, as well as running back Rhamondre Stevenson and receiver Trejan Bridges, who were suspended on Wednesday.There will be a surplus of first-round NFL talent on the field when these teams hook up. With that in mind, here’s everything you need for the Peach Bowl Playoff semifinal:Oklahoma vs. LSUSpread: LSU -13.5Point total: 75.5Moneyline: LSU -500, Oklahoma +380LSU is a 13.5-point favorite according to Sports Insider. The line opened at -11 and has continued to trend up heading closer to kickoff.Oklahoma vs. LSU all-time seriesThe Tigers and Sooners split two previous meetings — both in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma beat LSU 35-0 to cap a perfect season on Jan. 2, 1950. The Tigers, however, returned the favor with a 21-14 victory in the BCS championship game on Jan. 4, 2004.MORE: College football bowl picks, predictionsThree trends to know— The Tigers are 2-1 against the spread in bowl games and 5-2 against the spread on neutral sites under Orgeron. They have the same record straight up in those situations.— Oklahoma is 3-1 against the spread and 2-2 straight up as an underdog; it’s 3-5 against the spread and 5-3 straight up on neutral sites under Lincoln Riley since 2017.— The Sooners played shootouts against SEC teams in the last two Playoff semifinals. They totaled 102 points with Georgia in a 54-48 double-overtime loss in 2017 and totaled 79 points with Alabama in a 45-34 loss last season.Three things to watchRunning quarterbacksHurts has two starts against LSU from his time with Alabama, and in a different scheme he was a factor with his legs, averaging 17 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown in those two victories. If he has similar success against a Tigers defense that has allowed 119.6 rushing yards per game, the Sooners will have more success in the air. Oklahoma’s rush defense isn’t that much worse than LSU’s at 132.1 yards per game, but Burrow can also be a factor with his scrambling ability. Burrow averaged 12.5 carries and 52.5 rushing yards in victories against Georgia and Alabama.Big-play receiversFive players in this game had more than 40 receptions this season: Oklahoma’s tandem of Lamb (58 catches, 1,208 yards, 14 touchdowns) and Charleston Rambo (42 catches, 734 yards, five touchdowns) and LSU’s Chase (73 catches, 1,498 yards, 18 touchdowns), Justin Jefferson (88 catches, 1,207 yards, 14 touchdowns) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (50 catches, 399 yards one touchdown), whose status is unclear due of a hamstring injury. LSU’s Terrace Marshall Jr. (37 catches, 545 yards, 10 touchdowns) is yet another weapon. Burrow and Hurts will have more than enough opportunities to make big plays through the air.Burrow in the momentBurrow won the Heisman Trophy and has become the darling of awards season, especially after his emotional speech raised money for impoverished people in Southeast Ohio. Cam Newton (2010) and Jameis Winston (2013) led their teams to national championships after winning the Heisman Trophy, but those runs were before the Playoff era; no Heisman-winning quarterback has accomplished that since. Burrow already re-wrote the record book in the SEC — can he be the reason why LSU reclaims its place atop college football?MORE: Expert strategy tips | Three value picks No. 1 LSU (13-0) meets No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.LSU led the nation in total offense (554.3) with the help of Heisman Trophy winner — and Sporting News Player of the Year — Joe Burrow. The Tigers scored 47.8 points per game (finishing third nationally), and coach Ed Orgeron has a roster flush with All-American talent. That includes first-team SN All-Americans Ja’Marr Chase, Derek Stingley Jr. and Grant Delpit. The Tigers racked up five top-10 victories during the regular season. Stat that mattersOklahoma ranked 129th in the FBS with 75.08 penalty yards per game this season, and the Sooners have the worst turnover margin among the Playoff teams at -7. This team is capable of getting into a shootout with the Tigers, but a few turnovers and penalties could swing that in LSU’s direction. Oklahoma must be better in both departments.Oklahoma vs. LSU predictionThe Sooners led Georgia 31-17 at halftime two years ago and trailed Alabama 31-10 last year. If the Tigers jump out to an early lead, then Oklahoma could be in trouble. LSU will put pressure on Hurts early after a few quick scoring drives, but the Sooners will respond and be within one score at halftime. Ultimately, it’s a Hurts turnover in the second half that opens the door for Burrow, and he closes it with a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. LSU wins a shootout.Final scoreLSU 41, Oklahoma 31