Granit Xhaka hits back at Patrice Evra’s ‘bulls***’ after Arsenal’s defeat at Sheffield United

first_imgMousset scored the only goal of the game at Bramall Lane (Picture: Getty)Evra famously called Arsene Wenger’s players ‘babies’ after Manchester United beat Arsenal to reach the Champions League final back in 2009 – and the former left-back repeated his comments on Monday evening.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I used to call them “my babies” ten years ago, and they are still when I look at them and think they are “my babies” and that’s the truth – I’m not being disrespectful when I say that,’ Evra said.‘They look pretty, but they don’t look like a winning team. They like playing good football, but I was so happy to play against them, because I knew I was going to win.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 9:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield United is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Though Arsenal have lost four of their last seven away matches against newly-promoted teams, Xhaka played down claims that the side have a mentality issue when playing on the road.‘We have to stop talking about [the mental side of the game] and bulls*** like this,’ the Arsenal captain said.‘I’m sorry to say that, but for me it’s the same whether you play at home or away.‘You have to win and show big character and not look for the same excuse.’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 CityAsked specifically about Evra’s comments, Xhaka replied: ‘A lot of people speak too much.‘I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player, but you have to be careful what you say.‘He knows what these situations well, but it’s not only him. A lot of people speak a lot of bulls*** and it’s always the same.‘For me it’s strange because they [ex-footballers] have been in the same situation as us – maybe it was sometimes good, sometimes not so good.‘But like I said, if you speak bulls*** like this every weekend, then what they say doesn’t get respected.’MORE: Ian Wright reacts to Nicolas Pepe missing sitter and fumes at Unai Emery after Arsenal defeat Granit Xhaka hits back at Patrice Evra’s ‘bulls***’ after Arsenal’s defeat at Sheffield Unitedcenter_img Comment Granit Xhaka responded to Patrice Evra calling Arsenal ‘babies’ after their defeat to Sheffield United (Picture: Getty/Sky Sports)Granit Xhaka has hit back at Patrice Evra’s ‘bulls***’ claims after the Frenchman referred to Arsenal players as ‘my babies’ in the wake of their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.Lys Mousset’s scrappy strike on the half-hour mark gave the Blades all three points at Bramall Lane as the Gunners fluffed their chance to move up to third in the Premier League table.The result means Arsenal have failed to record a win in their last four matches away from home and Unai Emery’s unusual team selection was criticised by Ian Wright, among others.Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Evra accused Arsenal of being mentally weak after yet another inconsistent start to a league campaign.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Don Mattingly, Steve Alford have plenty in common

first_img“I told him I don’t understand that,” Alford said, “how you manage in L.A. and the winters you want to spend in Indiana.”Injury updatesHyun-Jin Ryu (strained right gluteus medius) played catch with Juan Uribe (strained right hamstring) prior to Tuesday’s game. Two days ago, he played catch with head athletic trainer Stan Conte and the pitcher appears to be making progress in his “submaximal throwing program,” as Mattingly called it.“Timetable-wise, I don’t think we have that, but the fact that he’s throwing and feeling good ‑ Stan said the day before the catch was fairly firm,” Mattingly said. “Assuming it’s continuing to progress. Right now, feel pretty good about it.Ryu isn’t able to run yet, Mattingly said. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 29.Pitcher Chris Perez will start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as he continues his rehab from bone spurs in his right ankle, Mattingly said. He’s expected to make at least two more rehab appearances before returning to the Dodgers.AlsoDodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is still listed as the scheduled starter Thursday despite minor concerns over his right elbow. … Clippers owner Steve Ballmer sat between Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in the Dodgers’ owners’ box. Fans booed Ballmer and Rivers until Johnson stood and embraced Ballmer with the cameras rolling, and encouraged fans to clap. … Former Dodgers scout Don Welke was named the Padres’ vice president of scouting operations by new general manager A.J. Preller. “His off-season is different from my in-season, and his in-season is different from my off-season,” Alford said.While Alford was starring for the University of Indiana’s basketball team, Mattingly was gaining stardom with the New York Yankees. Alford revered his fellow Hoosier in those days. He still does.When Alford was hired by UCLA in March 2013, Mattingly was among his first phone calls.“Immediately I wanted to reunite and tell him how big a fan I am, and how much I support him,” Alford said.One more difference between the two: Alford doesn’t count a farm as his off-season fortress of solitude. Except for the basketball camp in Franklin that he runs with his father, or possibly the occasional recruiting trip, Alford doesn’t go back to Indiana. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stack up very similarly on paper. Alford (born 1964 in Franklin, Ind.) is three years younger than Mattingly (born 1961 in Evansville, Ind.). Their home towns are less than 200 miles apart. Now, they coach two of the most high-profile teams in Los Angeles.Among their differences, the most interesting is the accent. Alford’s is almost nonexistent, which is odd considering that Alford left Indiana to play professional basketball in 1987, and Mattingly left to play professional baseball in 1979. Mattingly’s drawl is strong enough to make you forget he ever set foot in the Bronx.They spent a few minutes catching up on the field at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, before Alford threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Their choice of sports doesn’t allow these moments often.last_img read more