Jack Wilshere explains why Arsenal never won Premier League with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 28 Apr 2020 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8kShares Comment Advertisement Wilshere was part of an excellent Arsenal side (Picture: Getty)‘There were some good players there. Sanchez, world class and a match winner. Ozil, world class.‘I loved playing with him and his ability. But we just never got near it. ‘City were too good, they were buying everyone, United had Sir Alex coming to the end but they were still challenging.’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 CityOzil is the only player still at Arsenal as Sanchez joined United in 2018, while Wilshere was offloaded to West Ham later that year.Arsenal are debating whether to offer Ozil a new deal, with the German earning a reported £350,000 a week at the Emirates.MORE: Arsenal open door for £350k-a-week Mesut Ozil to leave this summerMORE: Roma manager Paulo Fonseca speaks out after Arsenal set price for Henrikh MkhitaryanFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Ozil and Sanchez starred together for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Jack Wilshere believes Manchester United and Manchester City were too strong for Arsenal to win the Premier League title when Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were at the club.Arsenal fans, including Wilshere, thought the Gunners were poised to challenge for silverware when Sanchez joined Ozil at the club in 2014.But aside from a few FA Cups, Arsenal failed to deliver major silverware during that period.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTWilshere played with both stars and explained why Arsenal struggled to keep pace with City and United in the league.‘We went through a few years where we didn’t challenge but then we brought in Sanchez and Ozil,’ Wilshere told the Lockdown Tactics.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘All of a sudden we started to feel like we could have a chance here but it never really turned out.‘We always had a point in the season where we’d drop so many points and we’d just be going for the top four.
Down by a goal going into the second period, Syracuse needed a spark. Orange head coach Paul Flanagan looked to the end of his bench, turning to his fourth line to provide some energy.The fourth line consisting of Cara Johnson, Sadie St. Germain and Jacquie Greco did just that. They pushed the tempo and constantly pressured the McGill players to regain momentum for SU.‘They led the charge for us in the second period,’ Flanagan said. ‘They inspired the rest of the team by how fast they were getting in the zone and just dogging and going after the McGill defensemen.’Led by that reserve line, the Orange came out of the intermission with a purpose and scored two goals to take the lead in the second period. SU held on to beat McGill 2-1 in an exhibition matchup Friday in front of 220 at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The trio of Syracuse reserves provided an energy boost and keyed the Orange’s offensive attack in the decisive second period.The offense scored the game-winning goal with increased pressure by SU on both ends of the ice. Pressure that led to a clean breakaway opportunity for Johnson with the scored tied 1-1 with 2:31 to go in the second period.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe sophomore forward received a leading pass from Caitlin Roach that went through two McGill defenders, leaving her in a one-on-one with goaltender Taylor Salisbury. Johnson buried the puck past McGill’s Salisbury in what proved to be the game-winner for SU, giving the Orange a 2-1 advantage.‘I know the fourth line works really, really hard in practice,’ Johnson said. ‘We try every practice, every game. It was great to get out there and get a goal.’By that point, the momentum had already shifted in SU’s favor. The Orange notchedits first goal to even the score earlier in the period when the Orange picked up a power-play goal — an area the Orange offense has struggled with throughout the season.The goal came when freshman defender Kaillie Goodnough wound up for a slap shot, and junior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe deflected the puck into the back of the net.Immediately following the score by Syracuse, McGill head coach Peter Smith called a timeout to talk things over with his Martlet squad. Even before the goal was deposited, Smith could tell Syracuse was playing with an aggressive attitude in the second period.‘I thought we were getting outbattled,’ Smith said. ‘It wasn’t just about the goal. They scored the goal on the power play, so it wasn’t really about the goal. But I just thought we were getting outbattled.’In the first period, McGill dictated the pace of the game. The Martlets outshot the Orange 9-2 and got on the board with a score from forward Ann-Sophie Bettez, who went top shelf with a wrist shot against SU starting goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater.But the momentum shifted in favor of the Orange after the first intermission. The Syracuse forecheck pushed McGill on its heels. The only time the Martlets held onto the puck is when they conservatively passed back and forth in the defensive zone.And it all comes back to the much-needed lift the fourth line provided.Johnson said the role of her line is to be pests, constantly getting in its opponents’ faces and bringing an up-tempo style to the ice.‘I like being out there and bring the energy to the team,’ Johnson said. ‘In the first period, we were really down, and me and Sadie knew we had to get out there and raise the energy. Jacquie Greco as well, she brings a lot of energy to the team.’Even in an exhibition, SU played with intensity to take down McGill. Flanagan said his team didn’t treat it as a meaningless game. Although he said exhibition games can be a concern in getting his team prepared, the head coach thought his team went into the game ready for a fight.‘They had a real good focus,’ Flanagan said. ‘Sometimes you play an exhibition game against some no-name team that comes down here, and it’s tough to generate excitement. The girls were definitely into it, and I thought they did a real good job of it.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Serena Williams has called on fans to support her sister Venus when the two five-time Wimbledon champions meet in an emotional fourth round clash on Monday, July 6.The sisters, who have 27 Grand Slam titles between them, will be on opposing sides of the net for the sixth time at Wimbledon and for the 26th time in their careers. Venus, 35, thrashed Aleksandra Krunic to reach the last 16, while Serena, 33, had to survive an almighty scare against Britain’s Heather Watson before guaranteeing the first all-Williams tie at Wimbledon since 2009.Since Serena won that final clash six years ago (pictured below), the sisters’ paths have diverged with the younger sibling putting herself among the all-time greats by reaching 20 Grand Slam titles.In contrast, Venus has slumped down the rankings as she fights a constant battle with autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome that often leaves her exhausted.As a result, Serena believes Venus’s struggles deserve the sympathy of the All England Club crowd if they have to pick sides. “I expect more people to be rooting for Venus,” said Serena. “I would be rooting for Venus. She’s been through so much. She’s had a wonderful story.“She’s been so inspiring to me; she’s just an incredible individual. “She’s just so amazing. She’s been so inspiring to a lot of people with the same things that she goes through, too.” Venus returned the compliment, claiming she would support Serena if she were a neutral bystander today (Monday).“That’s interesting, I’ll probably be cheering for her,” Venus said when told of Serena’s desire for the crowd to support her. “I haven’t given any thought to the crowd really. There is no such thing as giving up for me in my life.“But also for her, she’s been through so much. “You see players that continue to talk about injuries that are like 9,000 years old. She never complained once. You have to give her credit for that.” After four Wimbledon finals and a semi-final between the sisters, this will be their earliest meeting on the lawns of south-west London.On the surface, world number one Serena, chasing her fourth successive Grand Slam crown and 21st of her career, is the clear favourite to secure her 15th career victory against 16th seed Venus. But, regardless of the result, Serena says seven-time major winner Venus has already left a great legacy as a “pioneer” for both the sport and women’s rights.–The #JoySports Wimbledon coverage includes updates on Sports Centre with George Addo Jnr (7:45am, Monday- Friday), Global Sports with Gary Al-Smith (3:45pm, Tuesday-Thursday) and the sports segments on Midday and Newsnight. On Multi TV, follow on the AM Sports with Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang, sports on NewsDay with Benedict Owusu Dankwah, Sports Today with Nathaniel Attoh (2pm, Monday-Friday), sports on the Pulse with Gary Al-Smith (4:30pm, Monday-Friday) and sports on Joy News Prime with George Addo Jnr.
Has an alarm state been decreed?Not quite. There are recommendations, not prohibitions, but there is a strong predisposition of people. There are no prohibitions, but, for example, shopping malls and gyms are closed. There is a limitation to enter the compound where they live in housing estates. It does not come out, except the imperiously necessary. If you go to the pharmacy, they take your temperature upon arrival in case you have a fever and then they act. If someone has symptoms, the test can be done, but the number of people affected with Spain is incomparable.And the sports situation?Competitions and trainings are suspended until April 14. Then it will be seen. We were improving in the championship and we were participating in a competition, the Arab Club Championship Cup. The two semifinal matches against Al-Ittihad have been postponed. We were able to fight for a title, which is always a nice thing.Is your team also Spanish?Yes, we are 6. They live in another compound, so there is no in-person contact. We carry it as best we can. You can’t do much work, because there are neither training sessions nor games. As an expat, I could go back to Spain, but we still don’t know what will happen here. If at any time the competition is to be resumed …In that sense, what do you think about the measures taken by UEFA regarding its competitions and the league’s aspiration to finish?Well, first is health and then everything else. It is true that football moves masses. That competitions be postponed is fine. Right now you cannot play and, from there, see how this battle against the virus evolves. UEFA has acted sensibly. How are you?I’m fine. Bored, worried and frustrated, mainly because of what is happening in Spain, for having to be here at home alone without being able to be and help my own. There is nothing left to do but to get used to it. I’m connected all the time, to talk to my family and to see what’s going on there. I am worried about them, about my parents … I try to talk as much as possible with them, with my friends. I take charge of the situation, which in Spain is very difficult. I send a hug and all the strength in the world from here.Is your family not with you?No, they cannot come. They had to fly to Spain for a medical examination of my wife. We trusted what the news said, it seemed that it was going to be controlled and we advanced that trip. But after the first outbreaks, Saudi Arabia quickly banned flights from affected countries and were no longer able to return. No one could enter from countries where an outbreak was located.What is the situation in Saudi Arabia regarding the coronavirus?They are in a phase of contained concern. Here they were very fast, the response has been very fast, as seen a month after the first infection. As for the first 20 cases, they took drastic measures immediately. Children were sent home, closed schools, and closed-door parties. In two weeks, the truth, of those 20 cases, the number has risen in a controlled way and that is the feeling they carry. Although with this, obviously you never know. But they are optimistic. The number of infected has nothing to do with those in Spain (Arabia has at this time, according to official sources 133 and no deaths).