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Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Mar 2020 11:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried to force January move to Barcelona Aubameyang was close to a move to Barcelona in January (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s attempts to force a January transfer to Barcelona were shut down by the north London club, according to reports.The Spanish giants tried to recruit the 31-year-old in the winter transfer window given the injury to first-choice forward Luis Suarez.According to Catalan publication Sport, the Gunners denied their top scorer’s request to leave, despite Barcelona having a deal agreed with the striker.The report also states that Aubameyang is now a backup option for the summer transfer window, as Quique Setién’s side favour a move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, if a move for the Argentinian cannot be completed, Barca view the Arsenal forward as a much cheaper alternative. Advertisement Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be desperate to keep hold of his star striker (Picture: Getty Images)The Gunners face a battle on their hands to hold onto the Gabon international, as his current contract ends in just 18 months.Talks of an extension are reportedly stalling due to his wage demands of upwards of £300,000 a week.The clinical striker also wants to play Champions League football, which is looking increasingly unlikely with the Gunners’ league position of ninth.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 rumours of his exit, Aubameyang insists he is ‘happy’ at the Emirates Stadium.Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: ‘It means a lot [to play here]. When I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they always had great players and they won trophies as well. ‘I think it is really a pleasure to be here, I am really happy – that’s my feeling.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: How Arsenal squad are staying fit during coronavirus lockdownMORE: Mikel Arteta convinces key Arsenal staff member Gary O’Driscoll to reject Liverpool move Advertisement
MELBOURNE – Australia’s Victoria state has recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, resulting in the closing of two primary schools in Melbourne. State Premier Daniel Andrews said there would be “significant community transmission” among the new cases. Andrews said one of the new cases was from a person in hotel quarantine, two were from known outbreaks, three were from routine testing and 11 were under investigation. The two schools have been closed for thorough cleaning after students from both schools tested positive for the coronavirus. Victorian State Premier Daniel Andrews addresses a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. AP The suburbs where the schools are located are two of six local government hot spots in recent weeks. (AP)
BILL NEAL :09 A tip of Santa’s cap to all those who came out to the Champions First Friday—Christmas Party—Red Party…great fun was had by all and we collected a bunch of toys for “Toys for Champions.” D.J. Mean Gee was on point with the old school jams and the ladies dressed in red for the occasion were worth the price of admission to say the least…You know what I’m saying?!?! Wobbel, Wobbel!:08 Early prediction as usual. Steelers struggle early against Cleveland. You know they have that attitude problem playing down to lesser talent. But they’ll have little trouble putting away the injury plagued Bun-gels. 24-10 is the way I call it. And yes you can take it to the bank!:07 Now I am not one to say I told you so, (actually I am) but didn’t I tell you there would be NBA basketball. Yes I did. And I also told you I don’t know how or for that matter why, but these pro league walk-outs and lock-outs are making somebody a lot of money. Look I said I don’t know why…but I just got a feeling!:06 So ya wanna keep blaming Rashard Mendenhall for the problem with the Steelers’ running game. Meanwhile the Steelers have an offensive line that even “O.J.” couldn’t run through…and you all know “O.J.” can get through damn near anything! (oops, my bad!) If you give him a hole he’ll run through it. I promise you.:05 The City Game is alive and well. More than 16,000 checked in at Consol Energy Center the other night, and not a bad game to be sure. What Duquesne lacked in height they made up in heart. T.J. McConnell is the real deal and could play anywhere. The Dukes desperately need an inside presence. And even though Pitt has an inside presence…They need one too. I mean one that actually works. I am just saying.:04 The campaign is officially on. Everybody start calling the Pitt Athletic Department…in a kind and gentle way now…and start asking that they retire San Clancy’s uniform and hang it in the rafters at the Peterson Events Center along with the other legends, which he clearly is! The uniforms that are presently retired are Don Hennon, Billy Knight, Charles Smith and Brandon Knight. Now you tell me Sam “Bam” Clancy doesn’t deserve to be there.:03 I know you’ve been crying for a new Top 10 list, for goodness sake I am getting stopped in the streets about it. So hhhheeerrrreeee we go! But trust me this won’t be easy.The Top 10 Greatest Steelers of All Time: 1. Joe Greene 2. Franco Harris 3. Mel Blount 4. Terry Bradshaw 5. Lynn Swann 6. Rod Woodson 7. L. C. Greenwood 8.Jack Lambert 9. Mike Webster 10. Jack HamYou know the drill. Think you have a better list? Mail me your list (that’s right I said mail it. Don’t be so lazy.) And I’ll put yours in the paper…if it’s better. Mail to Champion Enterprises, 416 Springdale Drive, Suite 33, Pgh., PA 15235.:02 I want to take this opportunity to thank “Ms. Carol” (Carolyn Jones) from the New Pittsburgh Courier for coming to the First Friday Christmas Par-Tay even though she got lost…we’re glad you made it. It’s nice to know that some people can keep their word! Huh!:01 Hey I am done, that’s all I got…oh, hold up wait a minute…I got more. Give Hines Ward the ball mmmmmaaaannnn! Give the man his 1,000 catches. All he’s done for you is everything, including winning your last Super Bowl for ya and knocking all the other big nasty guys on their butts. C’mon man!!!Now I am done.~ Game Over ~ :10 Listen, whatever they’re putting in the milk they give the boys in Clairton and Aliquippa needs to be packaged and marketed nationwide. Are you kidding me…both of their football teams are something like 250 wins and no losses over the past five years. And let’s not talk about the last “50” years! Now run and tell Kevin Cameron I said that!