Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the goalkeeper wants to leave Arsenal

first_imgThe Argentine shot-stopper is on the verge of leaving the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Emiliano Martinez’s agent has confirmed the Arsenal goalkeeper is set to leave the north London club as he targets a number one role elsewhere to secure his place in the Argentina team.The 28-year-old came into the Arsenal side after the restart, replacing the injured Bernd Leno, and performed brilliantly as the side lifted the FA Cup.However, with the German now back from injury, Mikel Arteta intends to reinstate Leno as his number one and has been unable to give Martinez any assurances over game time. Advertisement Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the Arsenal star is looking to leave Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 9:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link700Shares Martinez wants to play every week to secure his place in the Argentina team (Picture: Getty)‘We have some really good players in many different positions. Some of them are complicated and obviously, clubs come to us and they are interested in our players,’ said the Spaniard.‘It is very difficult to promise players game time or to be the first choice. It is part of this period in the market. We try to manage the situation as well as we can, all the time counting on what the players’ expectations are, what we can achieve with them as a club and we are making decisions towards that.’Arsenal are believed to be interested in signing Brentford goalkeeper David Raya as Martinez’s replacement, though the Championship club insist he is not for sale.MORE: Emiliano Martinez to be left out of Arsenal squad as Brighton better Aston Villa’s bid for goalkeeperMORE: Arsenal make improved verbal offer for Odsonne Edouard as Alexandre Lacazette seeks moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Comment Martinez played brilliantly as Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup last season (Picture: Getty)Aston Villa have already lodged a £15million offer for the Argentine – which is short of Arsenal’s asking price – while Brighton have recently emerged as contenders for his signature.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinez will not be in the starting XI when Arsenal take on Fulham on Saturday in the first game of the new Premier League season, and his agent says the keeper’s desire to move is being driven by his hopes of being Argentina’s number one.‘The most likely scenario is that Emi Martinez leaves Arsenal because he wants to play,’ the shot-stopper’s agent, Lucas Martinez Quarta, told TyC Sports.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 Arsenal‘He dreams of being the starting goalkeeper for the national team and he is willing to leave his home [at Arsenal] for the worthy cause of being Argentina’s number one.’Arteta was asked about the possibility of Martinez leaving at his pre-match press conference and hinted that the goalkeeper’s push for regular first-team football could prompt his exit. Advertisementlast_img read more

Tyson Fury wants Joshua fight in December

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Tyson Fury has told Anthony Joshua to “grow a pair” and fight him in December.The Gypsy King is currently closing in on a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder on December 19, though the fight is far from certain given the ever-changing global situation. Therefore, Fury declared on BT Sport after Daniel Dubois’ win: “Here we go. If Wilder don’t happen, let’s do Joshua in December.“Why not? It’s a boxing match, let’s get it on.“I’m ready to go now. I could fight him in that ring tonight, it don’t really matter, I’d still kick his ass.“If I was in their position, had a chance at glory to go to America and beat Wilder, but they didn’t take it.“So I had to come out of retirement, set about him a couple of times, take the number one spot, take all the glory, and now they’re all looking up to me. “He must be looking up thinking: ‘Do you know what? That could’ve been me.’“But it wasn’t, so it is what it is.“It’s their own fault.“It’s played a massive part in how it’s all panned out now.“They’ve gotta come though me, so I’m saying: ‘Grow a pair, come see the champ.’” As things stand, AJ remains contracted to defend against his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next, meaning the Fury bout is more likely for 2021.Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderTrilogy boutTyson Furylast_img read more

With double-bye locked up, Syracuse takes time to prepare for Big East tournament

first_imgIn the locker room before Syracuse’s season finale against Louisville, head coach Quentin Hillsman only needed to write one thing on the board to motivate his team: “Win.”With a victory, the Orange would take the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament and lock up a double-bye. A loss would leave SU fifth in the conference, playing on Saturday instead of Sunday.“Obviously, we knew coming into this game what this meant,” Hillsman said. “This meant third place, and our kids really played with some urgency and we were extremely tired coming out of that last game that we just played.”The Louisville win gave the No. 24 Orange (23-6, 11-5 Big East) a bye into the BigEast tournament quarterfinals Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Villanova will face the winner of Friday’s Georgetown-Providence game on Saturday, and the winner of Saturday’s game will move on to face SU.Health hasn’t been an issue for Syracuse – something that continues to surprise Hillsman – but exhaustion has. The Orange’s last four games featured a pair of tests against ranked teams and another pair of matchups with likely NCAA Tournament teams, including a triple-overtime tilt with Villanova.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU players agreed with the importance of the double-bye. The past weeks have been more than just physically exhausting.“Physically, mentally, emotionally,” SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said, listing the types of exhaustion that have set in. “Got some schoolwork to catch up on.”The only other time Hillsman has had a team this healthy, he said, was the last time he guided the Orange to the NCAA Tournament. In 2008, Hillsman’s second season with the Orange, Syracuse capped off a 22-9 season with a trip to the tourney. That year, only five players started games for SU, and all five started 31 games.But this year’s extra rest could help SU make a deeper run. Syracuse ended the 2007-08 season with back-to-back losses, first in the opening round of the Big East tournament, then in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But the extra day of rest should make a difference.“To earn a double-bye is tremendous for our program, and we need rest,” Hillsman said, “so it’s good to not have to play until Sunday.”No matter what happens in the Big East tournament, the Orange appears poised to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. Even Hillsman was willing to admit it after SU’s win over then-No. 13 Louisville.Though the goal is finally in sight and almost tangible, center Kayla Alexander is still reluctant to look that far ahead and admit her team is heading toward its goal of a tournament berth. It’s a mindset that could help Syracuse as postseason play kicks off on Sunday.“It’s good to have in sights, but when we’re there playing, then I’ll be like, ‘We’re there,’” Alexander said. “That’s when I’ll be like, ‘We accomplished our goal.’ Until then? One game at a time.”With six days off before the Orange’s next game action, Syracuse has time to prepare —there’s no need to rush. SU is likely to face Villanova for a third time in the Big East tournament.Last time, it was a marathon. The time before, an upset. So it’s time to prepare. Time for Syracuse to get ready for “grind time,” as Tyson-Thomas puts it. This year’s team may not have the injuries of past seasons, but that doesn’t mean the next weeks will be easy.“We’re off the next four days,” Hillsman said before an extended pause. “I’m just kidding.”Laughter ensued. Even during a stressful part of the season, Hillsman and the Orange stay loose.“Definitely going to take some time off tomorrow and start preparing some things for the tournament,” Hillsman said, “but we need the rest. We really do.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse’s seniors get win of careers against No. 13 Louisville in final home gameSyracuse rides 2nd-half run past No. 13 Louisville in season finale Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 7, 2013 at 1:14 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Former USC football players begin NFL careers

first_imgChuma Edoga was a full-time starter for two years at USC and appeared in 34 games throughout his college career. Now a Jet, he will reunite with former USC quarterback Sam Darnold in New York. This preseason, Edoga has seen increased action with Darnold and the starting unit due to an injury to starting right tackle Brandon Shell. Edoga’s chemistry with Darnold should help him learn the Jets’ blocking schemes quickly and allow him to communicate effectively throughout his rookie year. Edoga is projected to be a backup offensive tackle and has a chance to see the field this year if the Jets’ offensive line should suffer any injuries. However, he will need to improve his pass protection before becoming a full-time starter in the NFL.  Throughout its history, the Trojans’ storied football program has sent more players to the NFL than all but one other school in the nation. This year, USC has continued to establish itself as a breeding ground for NFL-bound talent, as four Trojans were drafted into the league and one signed as an undrafted free agent. OT Chuma Edoga The leading tackler for USC’s defense in 2018, Cameron Smith was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round, joining star linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks in Minnesota. Smith is a high-IQ player adept at diagnosing offensive calls and seeking out the ball carrier. His highest tackle total for USC (112) came in 2017, when he played in all 14 games. In his three other seasons as a Trojan, he averaged just over 80 tackles a season. Smith is still battling to make the Vikings’ 53-man roster this year, and it wouldn’t be a shock if he does, but he is unlikely to see significant game action this season.  Round 3, Pick 92 Overall  LB Porter Gustin Former USC cornerback Iman Marshall, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, makes a tackle against Washington State last season. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) CB Iman Marshall At USC, Marvell Tell III proved to be a playmaking free safety whose speed could help him make an impact at any level. In his junior year, Tell made 85 tackles and had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Indianapolis drafted Tell intending to use him as a safety, but teams were wary about taking him due to his smaller stature, believing him unable to be a consistent tackler. Tell earned a spot in Pro Football Focus’ “Team of the Week” after allowing no receptions on two targets and breaking up one pass in the Colts’ preseason opener. He will continue to be a promising prospect that Indianapolis will hope to develop into a contributing corner in the near future. Iman Marshall was a four-year starter at the cornerback position for USC. As a Trojan, the 6-foot-1 207-pounder was known as a big hitter and never shied away from contact with smaller Pac-12 receivers. In the NFL, he may struggle guarding faster, more disciplined wideouts one-on-one. The Ravens have considered transitioning him to safety, where his physical style and experience as a cornerback should certainly benefit him. Marshall is not projected to have a starting role in Week 1 but will be on the team’s radar throughout the year. Marshall has been sidelined due to injury.  Indianapolis Colts New York Jetscenter_img Minnesota Vikings LB Cameron Smith  CB Marvell Tell III  Round 5, Pick 162 Overall  Round 6, Pick 144 Overall  Undrafted Free Agent Round 4, Pick 127 Overall Baltimore Ravens  New Orleans Saints At USC, Gustin was a dominant outside linebacker with a knack for getting to the quarterback. However, his injury history and a positive test for Adderall (considered a performance-enhancing drug) at the 2019 NFL combine caused his once-promising draft stock to plummet, and Gustin was not selected. The Saints picked him up hoping to convert him from outside linebacker to defensive lineman. Gustin played defensive end in 2016 for the Trojans and picked up 68 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and four deflected passes. He may have to bulk up for the position change; while his 6’4” stature is average for NFL defensive ends, his weight of 260 lbs would put him at a disadvantage against massive offensive linemen. Gustin has seen valuable action throughout the preseason and tallied a sack and tackle in the Saints’ matchup against the Jets. Gustin is unlikely to see much regular season game action this year.last_img read more