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

Freshman Roberson continues early season struggles against Colgate

first_img Published on November 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Tyler Roberson’s early-season struggles peaked with five minutes left in Syracuse’s 69-50 victory over Colgate on Saturday.First the freshman muffed a pass from Michael Gbinije in the paint, and the ball went flying upward as he tried to elevate for a dunk. After regaining possession, Roberson got another chance with no Colgate player in front of him and center Ethan Jacobs lying on the ground.But he cocked his arm back and bricked a one-handed slam off the side of the rim.“I think he just needs to adjust to coming off the bench,” fellow freshman Ron Patterson said.Other teammates agree that Roberson needs to become comfortable playing in a reserve role. Whether that’s the case or not — Roberson was already out of the locker room when media were allowed inside on Saturday — he’s certainly faltered in his first three games this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson finished 1-of-8 from the field against the Raiders, missing at least three open shots near the basket.“Tyler was aggressive. He got good shots,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I’d like to see him not miss two dunks, but I think he can work on that.”Roberson back rimmed a 15-footer on one end of the court and allowed Colgate two layup attempts at the other in his first stint on Saturday.It lasted just 1:17 as Boeheim subbed Jerami Grant right back in for him with 4:39 to play in the first half.When Roberson came back in two minutes later, he leaped off a baseline cut and caught a Tyler Ennis pass cleanly. But rather than stuffing it home with two hands, he tried to use one. Another miss.“I think he’s just getting used to it,” Ennis said. “Getting comfortable out there. In practice he’s been really, really good. I think everybody knows that. We’ve got full confidence in him.”Roberson did grab five rebounds, but his woes continued in the second half. After his two missed dunk attempts with five minutes to play, Roberson bit on a John Fenton up-fake.He came down on Fenton’s back as the Colgate freshman made the layup and got the foul.A missed jumper with 1:56 left rounded out the dismal performance for Roberson.“He just needs to gain some experience a little bit,” Ennis said. “I don’t know if he’s used to coming off the bench, but I think he’ll get used to it.“There’ll be tougher games and I think we’re going to need him off the bench, whether that’s now or later in the season.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more