Comment Saka was named Man of the Match (Picture: Getty)‘Maybe with his [Saka’s] goal and performance he was taking confidence, he was finishing really strong,’ said Emery. Also with Emile [Smith-Rowe], after his injury. He played for the first time this season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Willock started a little slow at the beginning but progressively he was feeling very better with a good performance.‘We know tonight that match was difficult. They were very strong here. They’re a very offensive team and defensively we needed to work, sometimes deep, sometimes with their full-backs very deep, crossing a lot to the strikers.‘We spoke and worked the transition, if we were organised defensively and with a good pressing against them.‘We did that. We had the possibility with the young players to create chances and help them, also sharing with experienced players. Their performance tonight was good. It’s our way.’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 ArsenalArsenal host Aston Villa on Sunday and Emery is expected to reinstate the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Sokratis and Matteo Guendouzi to his starting XI.The Spaniard made eight changes for the trip to Germany and left Mesut Ozil at home.MORE: On-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius produces calamitous error for Besiktas in Europa League Sean KearnsThursday 19 Sep 2019 9:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Unai Emery praises Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock after 3-0 win against Frankfurt Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock stole the show against Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery was quick to praise Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock for their roles in the Gunners’ 3-0 win against Frankfurt on Thursday night.Saka assisted Willock for Arsenal’s opener in Germany before doubling the Gunners’ lead after the break with a fantastic finish.The midfielder then laid on a third for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to complete the victory in what is Arsenal’s toughest group game.And Emery was full of praise for the pair afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement
ORVC Weekly Report (April 15-20)Players of the Week.Baseball: Zach Cole – Southwestern and Zach Weaver – Switzerland County.Softball: Sydney Pitts – Rising Sun and Nadya Hildebrand – Jac-Cen-Del.Boys Golf: Chandler Cole – Shawe Memorial.Girls Track: Cloey Simon – Jac-Cen-Del and Megan Cole – South Ripley.Boys Track: Mitchell Cline – SouthwesternORVC Report(April 15-20)2019Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 8 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Exhale.Good news came from the Lakers’ camp Wednesday morning, when the team sent word that an MRI revealed that Anthony Davis’ scary fall Tuesday night resulted in a gluteus maximus contusion — plenty uncomfortable, surely, but not as serious or significant as everyone who saw the play feared.Davis officially is listed as questionable for Friday’s game at Dallas — about which Kyle Goon will have more shortly. Stay tuned for that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut know that if Davis’ injury does require he miss a game or two, or more, the Lakers are quite aware of the team effort it’ll take to fill the void he’d leave: The six-time All-Star is averaging 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds in his first season and is the primary reason behind the Lakers’ swift rise to the top of the Western Conference.Dwight Howard thinks he and his teammates will be able to hold it down.Actually, specifically, he and JaVale McGee, because “me and JaVale got to get our 3s right!,” as Howard put it.From their perspective, the two basically have blossomed into bona fide big-man bombers. Basically. Sort of.McGee banked in a 3-pointer in the Lakers’ victory Sunday over the Detroit Pistons (his second made 3, in just three attempts, this season). And for your information, no he didn’t call “bank.” It was Sunday, after all, when brick-and-mortar banks are closed: “It was online banking,” he explained. On Monday, Howard stepped up in rhythm and swished an open 26-footer from beyond the top of the arc. He’s now 2 for 4 in 3-point attempts this season — to improve to 8 for 67 (11.9 percent) for his career.McGee’s career 3-point shooting numbers are similar: 4 for 30 (13.3 percent), including Tuesday’s miss from deep.Neither player had made two 3s in a season before, which might be why coach Frank Vogel isn’t exactly insisting that they keep shooting: “Yeah, that’s not something that we want.”But, Coach, they’ve been working on their outside shot! Really!“During practice, we always have our individual workouts. We get ’em up during that time,” said Howard, who also can be seen putting up long-distance shots before and after games. “I think the last one … I demolished him. But JaVale is doing an amazing job. Tonight, he went for the 3. And, I think next game, he’s going to hit another one. I’m looking forward to that.”In fact, to hear Howard tell it, he’d rather participate in an All-Star 3-point-shooting contest than the dunk contest — which, by the way, he said he knew nothing about Tuesday night, despite reports that he could participate during the forthcoming All-Star festivities in Chicago.“They should put the bigs in the 3-point shootout,” Howard said. “We got CashApp; I’m CashApp, JaVale is Google Pay, A.D. is Venmo and LeBron is IOU.“Just kidding.”Yes, they’re amusing themselves putting up faraway shots — “More 3s I shoot, the more blocks I’ll get, I’m pretty sure that’s how it works,” McGee reasoned Sunday — but they’re also serious enough about it to get away with it. To earn it, even.“Those guys are doing the dirty work, so you got to have a little leeway sometimes to have fun with the game,” Vogel said. “They both practice them, so that’s the one thing. You’re like, ‘Don’t take a shot you don’t practice,’ but they do practice them, and you got to reward them a little bit for all their hustle and dirty work at times.”– Mirjam Swanson Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Reading the coverage‘He’s as tough as they come.’ – Locker room reaction after Anthony Davis’ scary fall in the win over New York.Walking on sunshine – Actually, make that “sunshiiiiiine.” Dwight Howard was feeling good after his contract was guaranteed Tuesday.A.D. declines Lakers’ extension offer – But don’t stress. It’s what was expected. Kyle Goon explains.Welcome to the block party – Goon also gets into why so much rejection is so good for the Lakers.Tis the season – Goon unpacks the trade rumors you want to know about.Doesn’t have to be pretty – The Lakers got it done against Detroit for their fifth straight W.Bradley scare – Plus a check-in with Svi Mykhailiuk. Money! – A La Habra man made a half-court shot at the Lakers game Sunday night to win $100,000.
Arsenal break club record to clinch Lacazette dealLyon, France | AFP | Arsenal signed France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record fee that could rise to 60 million euros ($68m, £52.56m), the two clubs confirmed on Wednesday.The transfer fee is also a new record sale for the Ligue 1 outfit, worth an initial 53m euros, according to a statement on the Lyon website.The deal beats the 50m euros that Arsenal paid to bring Mesut Ozil to the Emirates from Real Madrid in 2013, while it sees Lyon break their highest sale for the second time in a month after seeing midfielder Corentin Tolisso move to Bayern Munich for 47.5m euros.Arsenal said the 26-year-old had signed a “long-term contract”, which British media reported to be for five years.“We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement.“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character.“So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”Lacazette will be hoping that the move to Arsenal can help boost his hopes of cementing a place in the France squad ahead of next year’s World Cup, having only played one international in the last two years.The north London club will be expecting Lacazette to add some much-needed firepower up front, after a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last term that saw them miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.He scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, including 28 in just 30 league games.“I want to give 100 percent in every match. I want to show I’m worthy of the shirt. I want to do everything I can to make sure we win titles,” Lacazette told Arsenal’s website. “There are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in. In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”He had been at Lyon since the age of 12, and scored 129 goals for the senior team, including 100 in Ligue 1.Lacazette, who has made 11 international appearances for France, last season became the first player to score 20 goals or more in three successive French top-flight seasons since Jean-Pierre Papin in 1992.“I am very pleased with the success of Alexandre, who, besides being one of Olympique Lyon’s best-ever strikers, is a charming player who I became very close to,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas in his club’s statement.Meanwhile, the signing puts the Arsenal future of Olivier Giroud in doubt.The former Montpellier front-man is currently above Lacazette in France coach Didier Deschamps’ pecking order, but he could now struggle to find a place in Wenger’s Gunners starting XI under pressure from his compatriot.Giroud has been linked with possible moves to both Everton and West Ham United.But Arsenal supporters will be delighted to see Wenger spending big, as they look to mount a serious challenge on a first league title since ‘the Invincibles’ lifted the Premier League trophy in 2004. Share on: WhatsApp