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.
Goal of the season? Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates his second goalMadrid, Spain | AFP | Zinedine Zidane said Karim Benzema “shuts people up a bit” when he scores goals like his stunning volley against Valencia on Thursday.Benzema brilliantly lifted the ball over defender Hugo Gillamon with his right foot and then shot with his left into the top corner as Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.Marco Asensio had earlier made it two after Benzema gave Madrid the lead, his brace taking his tally for the season to 21 goals in 38 games.“His performance was magnificent, like the whole team, but his goal was extraordinary,” said Zidane.“We know that he is comfortable with his left foot but wow, to lift the ball in that way and to swing like that with his left foot, without the ball touching the ground, truly it’s a very complicated piece of skill.“It’s beautiful to see it and I’m happy for him.“Often we see Karim as the number nine of Madrid and he must score goals, but he doesn’t only do that. So when he does score, I’m happy because he shuts people up a bit, and the work, he always does that no matter what.” Benzema is a controversial figure in France after his alleged involvement in a blackmail plot against former teammate Mathieu Valbuena. He has not played for the national team since 2015.But the 32-year-old has been in sensational form for Real Madrid this season and his latest goal was his 243rd for the club, putting him fifth on Madrid’s all-time list.“We know all these matches are finals so this was very important for us and for me personally as well,” said Benzema.“It was a beautiful goal, I think I can say it was beautiful, it went in and that was great. Sometimes I do that in practice and today I did it in the match.” Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook82Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Symphony Orchestra After 17 seasons with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Maestro Huw Edwards is stepping down from the podium. Music Director since 2003, Edwards is being honored by the community with a socially-distanced, drive-through parade on the day that would have been his final performance with the orchestra.The Olympia Symphony was scheduled to perform their traditional outdoor summer concert on July 26 in conjunction with a “Beat Beethoven 5K” event in collaboration with Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia. It was to feature a reprise of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which would have been performed by Edwards at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in April, at the OSO’s 19-20 season finale concert. Unfortunately, both events, milestones in the OSO’s planned celebratory season for their beloved longtime conductor, were cancelled due to COVID restrictions on public gatherings.“South Sound classical music lovers have been very fortunate to have Huw as the OSO Music Director for 17 incredible years; it is such a privilege to have a conductor of his caliber be part of our community. We will miss him greatly, wish him all the best, and can’t thank him enough,” said OSO Board President Bill Tweit.The public will have the opportunity to thank Edwards for his leadership, artistic vision, and friendship on July 26 from 4:00-5:00, at Bean, Gentry, Wheeler & Peternell Law Office at 910 Lakeridge Way SW in Olympia, WA. Guests are invited to drive past, honk, and wave at Maestro Edwards as the community collectively shares their gratitude and wishes him well. A box will be available to deposit notes or cards, or letters can be mailed to: Huw Edwards; c/o Olympia Symphony Orchestra; 3400 Capitol Blvd SE Suite 203; Olympia WA 98501. In addition, notes can be sent via this link, for inclusion in a book of sentiments to be presented to Huw Edwards in August. The deadline to submit a message is July 26.For more information, please visit the Olympia Symphony Orchestra website.