Charlie Nicholas tells Mikel Arteta to drop Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe for Gabriel Martinelli

first_imgCharlie Nicholas tells Mikel Arteta to drop Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe for Gabriel Martinelli Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Feb 2020 5:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Mikel Arteta has been urged to drop Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Mikel Arteta should drop Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe for teenage sensation Gabriel Martinelli.Pepe is beginning to find his feet at Arsenal following last summer’s £72million move from Lille and scored and made two assists in the 4-0 victory over Newcastle United two weeks ago.Despite this, Arsenal hero Nicholas feels Pepe should make way for Martinelli, who failed to make the Gunners’ matchday squad for their Premier League clash against Everton on Sunday.Looking ahead to Arsenal’s Europa League fixture against Olympiakos, Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘I do not think this is a certain win for Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2To 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 6:48FullscreenArteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-praises-arsenal-team-beating-everton-3-2-2116792/This 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.‘Mikel Arteta will sit and read into the fact that they let in two against Everton. Bernd Leno gets Arsenal out of a lot of holes but he did slip up for the second goal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette will come in I think. You have to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in for his goals. Will Nicolas Pepe get another run? Probably. Does he deserve it? Probably not. I would probably look at Gabriel Martinelli.‘The game against Manchester City has been postponed as they are in the Carabao Cup final, which means Arsenal can go at it and get into the last 16.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 City‘You can still see the mess at the back, but Arteta will change things again. Sokratis Papastathopoulos may come in, while Hector Bellerin may drop out.‘You have to play Bukayo Saka at the back. This side has got its attacking side back and got its mojo back in that respect. Arsenal 3-1 Olympiakos.’Brazilian forward Martinelli is enjoying a breakthrough season at the Emirates, scoring ten goals in his 24 appearances for Arsenal.MORE: Ian Wright hails Mikel Arteta for resurrecting Shkodran Mustafi’s Arsenal careerMORE: Thierry Henry reveals his Arsenal ‘dream’ and why he gets ‘tired’ watching Liverpoollast_img read more

UW searching for late-season surge

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWith just four matches remaining in the regular season, the UW volleyball team has much to play for in the next two weeks — second place in the Big Ten, revenge for past defeats and final Field House matches for two seniors.But there is most definitely one word that seems to have become the theme in the Badger locker room: momentum.”Everyone knows they’re huge, since we’re in the race for second place,” libero Jocelyn Wack said. “It’s just huge to get some momentum going into the last part of the season and into the postseason.”No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 17 Ohio State and No. 19 Minnesota all stand at 11-5 in the Big Ten following Purdue’s (10-6) unexpected loss to Illinois, which dropped the No. 18 Boilermakers a game behind the pack.The No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions (25-2, 16-0) wrapped up the conference title long ago, so UW is set upon clinching the runner-up slot going into the opening rounds of the playoffs, beginning Dec. 1.”This weekend, we’re really hoping to get some momentum going into the NCAA tournament with two big wins and carry it over into the tournament,” opposite hitter Audra Jeffers said.Getting two wins in a weekend is always a tall task for teams in the Big Ten. In the past four weekends, the Badgers have split matches, and it all started with a road trip to Michigan State and Michigan. Wisconsin will have a chance against these same teams this Friday and Saturday to put an end to the streak.”They’re both really good teams, so we can’t underestimate them,” said outside hitter Maria Carlini, who came close to playing for the Wolverines three years ago. “We just need to go hard and see if we can carry some momentum into the tournament.”Hmmm … anybody sensing a pattern here?Yes, the Badgers have stumbled in the past month, and momentum has not been on their side during the stretch. But Wisconsin has an opportunity to regain confidence over their final four matches, as none of the last four opponents are currently ranked.Conversely, Minnesota has three ranked opponents on the horizon, including powerhouse Penn State, and the Buckeyes. While the latter matchup is Ohio State’s only remaining ranked competitor, Wisconsin holds the tiebreaker against OSU, meaning the Buckeyes are in need of some help from Badger opponents.Of course, none of this means anything to the UW players, who realize the focus must stay on their play on the Wisconsin side of the court.”We just have to battle and fight hard, just our passing, solid defense,” Carlini said. “We’re known as a blocking team, so we have to live up to that reputation.”Carlini grew up just 45 minutes from Ann Arbor, and planned on attending the University of Michigan when she was younger. However, after being recruited for and deciding to play for Wisconsin, Carlini hit a career-best 29 kills against her hometown team on Oct. 22.But seeing as the Badgers lost 16-14 in the fifth game, Carlini would rather get the victory this next time around.”At Michigan, we were missing (senior) Aubrey (Meierotto), who’s obviously a huge part of our team,” Carlini said. “But Michigan’s always the match that I get really excited about, so I just want to fight hard, and hope we can do well.”Wack, who carries a 56-match double-digit digs streak into the weekend, said the team has worked hard in order to take care of business against MSU and Michigan.”It will be nice to be back in front of our home crowd,” she said. “We were out of sync last time, but you have to give both teams credit, they’re both tough. But I think this time, we’re more prepared, we’re more focused.”Jeffers said there have been some changes on the court in preparation for the home stretch going into the tournament.”We’ve been working a lot on our passing, and I think it’s improved a lot since the last time we played the [Spartans and Wolverines],” she explained. “We’re adding in a back-row attack now, so there are just a few different things that should help us.”And the final bit of incentive of Senior Night cannot be overlooked. Meierotto and Sheila Shaw will be honored on Saturday night before their last regular-season home match.”I’m really sad to have them leave. They just bring so much to our team,” Jeffers said. “They’re great leaders; we can look to them when we need a big point in a match. They’ve done a great job of carrying us this year.”last_img read more

Hoornstra: Baseball in the 2010s, according to Google

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Non-team-specific names revealed the fickle nature of fandom. “Twins baseball” enjoyed a surge in 2010, when the team won 94 games and the AL Central title, then dropped out of the Top 25 for the remainder of the decade. “Rangers baseball” and “Giants baseball” peaked in 2010, too. “Cubs baseball” peaked in 2016. Nothing terribly unpredictable there.Miscellaneous“Little League Baseball” retains a popular fascination, as the folks at ESPN might attest. Incidentally, “ESPN baseball” is popular among Googlers too. “Baseball cards” might have lost their luster if exposed to too much sunlight, but not on Google.The persistent popularity of “Angels baseball” might have something to do with Google’s fascination with non-baseball-playing Angels. “Mike Trout” was a more popular search term on its own. The baseball universe is a broad one – if you know where to look. Take Iowa. The state is home to several minor league teams possibly on the chopping block, and only one Division I program. Iowa’s number-1 baseball-adjacent search term, by far, was “Iowa baseball.”Within Iowa, according to Google, these terms dwarfed interest in “fantasy baseball,” “baseball scores,” or the nearest major league team, the Cubs. (Note that regional searches for “Cubs baseball” might be driven by the Iowa Cubs, a Triple-A team based in Des Moines.)On a national level, one college program stood above all as Google’s most popular. Color me purple, it’s …LSU baseballLSU first cracked the top 25 in 2015, at number 24. A number-23 rank followed in 2016, followed by 19th, 21st, and 18th.Success was loosely correlated to the Tigers’ popularity. They haven’t won a national championship since 2009. They only made the College World Series in two of the last five years. Baton Rouge is more famous for football, but its baseball audience might be even more captive, relatively speaking. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img My curiosity for baseball guides this column every week, for better or worse. Your curiosity for baseball appears to me as a mirage, changing its shape and form on a moment’s notice. Over a decade those moments can add up. What guided fans’ curiosity in the 2010s?To answer that question, I turned to Google. The 2010s were the first decade in which our inquisitive nature coalesced around a single online search engine. Search trends shifted with each new year. I used Google’s Trends tool to view how often we searched for “baseball” over the last 10 years. Then I looked at every related search term by year.The results were eye-opening, at least from this corner of the baseball universe. This method isn’t good at capturing the popularity of individual players or even individual teams (to a degree; more on that later). It excels at exposing regions of baseball fandom that are potentially overlooked from an MLB-centric viewpoint. Starting with …College baseballThis was the only baseball-adjacent query that ranked in Google’s top five every year this decade. It’s a testament to the enduring popularity of a game that’s long thrived regionally, if rarely on the national level. Google might also be offering us a clue to a question that has puzzled proponents of the minor league game. Namely: how would baseball survive in non-MLB markets if 42 minor league teams are contracted, as has reportedly been proposed? Only three other college baseball programs reached Google’s Top 25 in the 2010s: Arkansas at number 18 in 2018 (when it won the national title), Florida at number 23 in 2018 (when it was eliminated by Arkansas in the College World Series semifinals), and Michigan at number 24 in 2019 (when it lost the national championship game).One other college program might be even more popular than the mighty Tigers. Allow me to present the curious case of …Texas baseballThese terms graced the Google Top 25 in eight of the last 10 years. It’s the only state that so monopolized its baseball popularity. This could mean a lot of things.Texas is a hotbed for high school baseball. There are several outstanding college programs in Texas, too, and Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M each have “Texas” in their school name. Perhaps Google is lumping their search power into one Texas-sized result. Throw in the Texas Rangers, and it’s hard to tease out the individual threads of curiosity. I needed to dig deeper.When we look only at searches for “baseball” within the state of Texas over the last 10 years, a clearer picture emerges. The most popular region for baseball searches within the state was Lubbock, home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Austin, home to the University of Texas, ranked seventh. Dallas (sixth) and Houston (11th) generated a disproportionately small number of baseball searches in the 2010s.As with Iowa, it seems, we’re underestimating the popularity of Division I baseball in Texas’ non-urban pockets. All of which makes you wonder, is anyone searching for MLB teams?Of course!If I’m curious about, say, the Yankees, I’m not searching for “Yankees baseball.” The search term “Yankees” was more popular than “baseball” in October 2017 and 2019. (The Yankees were playing in the American League Championship Series both months.) Google queries for other team-specific names, like Dodgers and Red Sox, followed a similar pattern.Related Articles Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more