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Lille chief Luis Campos explains why Nicolas Pepe will be a success at Arsenal

first_img Video Settings About Connatix V67539 Lille chief Luis Campos explains why Nicolas Pepe will be a success at Arsenal The winger has made an unspectacular start to life at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Lille sporting director Luis Campos has no doubt Nicolas Pepe will succeed at Arsenal and has revealed the lengths the winger goes to in order to perfect his game.Pepe became Arsenal’s club-record signing this summer when he completed a £72million move to the Emirates from Lille, though he has only scored once – from the penalty spot – for his new club.Although the Ivorian has not quite lived up to his price tag so far, Campos says his hard work and willingness to improve are reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo and has backed him to come good. ‘I remember working with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe: they know everything about football. Mbappe knew all the results of the second division in France.‘Nicolas Pepe is like that. He’s another example of the importance of a player liking football.‘After a game he watches the whole game again two times, to make himself more perfect.’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 CityCampos has bought and sold some incredible talents during his time at Monaco and Lille – such as Bernardo Silva and Anthony Martial – though says Fabinho is the one he is most proud of.He continued: ‘I remember I went to the Copa Sao Paulo [Junior Football Competition] to see Fluminense who had a top team, some very good players. Now heʼs champion of Europe. It’s amazing. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Oct 2019 10:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.8kShares Advertisement Full Screencenter_img Campos bought Pepe from Angers before selling him on to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘In my opinion one of the characteristics of a top, top player is that they like football,’ Campos told Sky Sports when asked about Pepe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment 1 min. story Campos signed Fabinho when he was at Real Madrid and again at Monaco (Picture: Getty)‘I went to Brazil to watch Fluminese because they had some good players, they played Paulinia, the first team of Fabinho.‘Paulinia lost three or four-nil. I went there to see Fluminese players, but in the end I signed Fabinho. The talent is forever there, and sometimes you have an early opportunity.’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 PLAY Advertisementlast_img read more

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Provisional Spain squad includes uncapped duo

first_imgUncapped duo Ander Iturraspe and Daniel Carvajal have both included in Vicente del Bosque’s 30-man Spain World Cup squad, along with Fernando Torres, but Real Madrid pair Alvaro Arbeloa and Isco have been omitted from the provisional panel.Arbeloa was part of the Spain sides that have won back-to-back European Championships and the World Cup in the last six years.Carvajal earned a spot after impressing following his return to Madrid last summer, while Athletic Bilbao midfielder Iturraspe is the other player in the squad yet to make a senior appearance for Spain.Highly-rated Madrid playmaker Isco is among those who have missed out, as well as Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, who has had a poor first season at White Hart Lane.Chelsea striker Torres, who scored in the finals of both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, has not had the best of campaigns either and has been absent from the last few Spain squads, but he has won a berth.Aside from Torres, Del Bosque has included eight more Barclays Premier League players, including Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina, who has spent the season on loan at Napoli. The others are Manchester City trio David Silva, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, Manchester United pair David De Gea and Juan Mata, Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla.The defending champions have included seven players from Barcelona and four each from Champions League finalists Real and Atletico Madrid.Del Bosque will announce his final 23-man squad on 25 May.Spain have a tough group in Brazil, with the Netherlands, the team they beat in the final four years ago, Chile and Australia alongside them in Group D.Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), David De Gea (Manchester United) Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid)Midfielders: Xavi (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City)Forwards: Pedro (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Juventus)last_img read more

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New champion Andy Ruiz Jr. receives sweet tweet, neat treat

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls on June 8″It gives me energy, it gives me everything I need to do to win,” Ruiz said at a press conference, with promoter Eddie Hearn joking the 29-year-old deserves an endorsement deal.Snickers, made by Mars, tweeted out their congratulations to the winner in the aftermath, though it did not stop at just a few nice words on social media.”Congrats again on the upset @Andy_destroyer1! Victory is sweet, but so is the package we are sending you,” Snickers tweeted.MORE: Watch the full replay of Andy Ruiz Jr.’s upset of Anthony Joshua on DAZN Quoting the original message, Ruiz wrote in reply: “Send me a dm please. Let’s go snickers!!”Send me a dm please. Let’s go snickers!!https://t.co/XFcVA8rRnY— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) June 3, 2019 Ruiz — a late replacement for Jarrell Miller — was knocked down in the third round but recovered to drop Joshua four times in total, with the bout stopped in the seventh round. Andy Ruiz Jr. stunned the boxing world with his victory over Anthony Joshua on Saturday and his success in the ring is set to land him a sweet bonus.The heavyweight has made no secret of his love for a Snickers candy bar — he has a picture of one as his cover photo on Twitter and also used the hashtag #snickerspower in the buildup to the heavyweight fight in New York City.last_img read more

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MLB playoffs 2019: Start times announced for ALDS, NLDS

first_imgESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2019 MLB postseason games. MLB has announced the start times for the opening games of the NLDS and ALDS.The start times will vary slightly depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s NL wild-card game between the Nationals and the Brewers. Thursday, Oct. 3 (all times ET):If Washington wins NL wild-card game:Game 1: Cardinals at Braves, 5:02 p.m., TBSGame 1: Nationals at Dodgers, 8:37 p.m., TBSIf Milwaukee wins NL wild-card game:Game 1: Cardinals at Braves, 6:02 p.m. TBSGame 1: Brewers at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m., TBSFriday, Oct. 4:ALDS Game 1: Rays/Athletics WC winner at Astros, 2:05 p.m., FS1NLDS Game 2: Cardinals at Braves, 4:37 p.m., TBSALDS Game 1: Twins at Yankees, 7:07 p.m., MLBNIf Washington wins WC: NLDS Game 2: Nationals at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m., TBSIf Brewers win WC: NLDS Game 2: Brewers at Dodgers, 9:47 p.m., TBSSaturday, Oct. 5:ALDS Game 2: Twins at Yankees, 5:07 p.m., FS1ALDS Game 2: Rays/Athletics WC winner at Astros, 9:07 p.m., FS1last_img read more

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