Unai Emery names the three reasons Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery names the three reasons Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 5:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal have smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed his delight at having secured the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.The 24-year-old completed his medical earlier this week and was finally confirmed as an Arsenal player on Thursday after a £72million deal was agreed.Despite reports of a meagre £45m budget, Arsenal have obliterated their transfer record and the Ivory Coast international will form part of a devastating looking attack alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Arsenal beat off competition from Napoli to secure the Ivory Coast international’s services, while a clutch of Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Chelsea were credited with an interest.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityWelcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩🇨🇮 #PepeIsHere ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLW— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019 Speaking after confirmation of Pepe’s signing, Emery said: ‘Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.‘Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.‘He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.’Pepe is in line to make his debut against Barcelona on Sunday and Arsenal will hope he will be fully fit in time to play some part in their Premier League opener against Newcastle a week on Friday.‘Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me,’ said Pepe. ‘I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.‘It was my family and my agents [who encouraged me to make the move].‘We talked and thought a lot about it. It was at the time of the CAN [Africa Cup of Nations] as well, we thought a lot during, before and after the CAN.‘It was important to make the right decision and I am convinced that Arsenal is the right choice.’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 Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba Man Utd prediction made by Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit

first_imgAdvertisement Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba Man Utd prediction made by Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Mar 2020 1:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Bruno Fernandes joined Manchester United in January (Picture: Getty)Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba have been backed to form a successful midfield partnership at Manchester United by Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit.Portuguese midfielder Fernandes joined the Red Devils in January from Sporting and has made an instant impact at Old Trafford.Petit rates Fernandes as the ‘best buy’ from a Premier League club during the winter window and says he can form a formidable partnership with Pogba.Pogba has not featured for Manchester United since Boxing Day due to an ankle injury and there have been suggestions he could leave Old Trafford following Fernandes’ arrival.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementBut Petit is excited to see the French World Cup-winner play alongside Fernandes, telling Mirror Sport: ‘Fernandes has made a huge impact.‘In the space of two months he is the best buy in the winter market. He has made such a big impact. It’s like he’s been at the club for six years.‘He’s changed the mentality inside the dressing room. It’s hard for a player to come in mid-season and do that. Comment Paul Pogba can play alongside Fernandes, according to Emmanuel Petit (Picture: Getty)‘Paul Pogba was meant to be doing this at Manchester United. It’s what he should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch.‘But I’m looking forward to seeing them together on the pitch, I want to see if that can work, and I’m pretty sure it can work.’Before the Premier League season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, Manchester United had climbed to fifth in the English top-flight.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 CityMORE: The three things Manchester United need to offer Jadon Sancho to secure summer moveMORE: Manchester United raise contract offer to Chelsea target Angel Gomes Advertisementlast_img read more

Girls Lakers runners get league win over Hannibal

first_imgDespite these conditions, Cazenovia dominated. Lauren McLean led the charge, posting her fastest time ever to win the race in 21 minutes, 40 seconds over the Lakers’ rugged 3.0 mile home course.Isla Stover (22:03) and Claire Braaten (22:25) were second and third for the Lakers with Mary Williams (22:59) and Finlay Stover (23:00) capturing fourth and fifth to lock in a perfect score of 15 for Cazenovia.The blur of blue and gold did not stop there as Maddie McGreevy crossed the line three seconds later in 23:03 with Emma Steinberg also displacing the Warriors’ scorers in seventh place at 23:20. by Kurt WheelerThe Cazenovia girls cross country team placed the first 10 runners across the line against Hannibal last Wednesday to overwhelm the visiting Hannibal Warriors 15-51 in league action. The victory kept the Lakers undefeated atop the OHSL Liberty-National Division.Much of the meet was shrouded in fog as a sudden shift in the weather produced a thick mist that limited visibility to less than 50 meters at times. The depth of the Cazenovia pack was truly evident as three more Lakers crossed the line before the first Hannibal scorer. Mia Chesbrough led that group in 23:29 while Melanie Michael took nearly a minute off her best time at Fenner to finish ninth in 24:22 and Grace Dolan captured tenth in 24:50 to complete the Laker streak.Cazenovia also raced at the Tully Invitational Saturday in a final tune-up before their upcoming league match-up with Skaneateles.Despite resting three of their top four runners in preparation for their upcoming battle against the “Western Lakers,” Cazenovia finished eighth in a 19-team field in the Small School division, with several girls posting their best times of the season.Isla Stover led this time, finishing 24th in 22:14.4, her quickest time of the fall over a full 5,000-meter race, despite thick frost blanketing much of the course as the race started. Finlay Stover (23:19.8) stepped up to lead the rest of the Laker pack to a tight finish with four scorers in 27 seconds.McGreevy (23:24.8), Williams (23:30.1) and Chesbrough (23:46.8) all finished in quick order to cap the Lakers’ score of 191 points. Emma Steinberg (24:31.6) and Michael (24:39.9) each displaced opposing runners from their number six and seven spots for the team. Dolan (25:05.1), Jenna Steinberg (25:57.7) and Maggie Rowles (27:00.8) also raced well for Cazenovia.The Lakers would match up against Skaneateles Tuesday at Longbranch Park in Liverpool in a battle of unbeatens that will likely decide the league title. Later in the week, the Cazenovia harriers will journey to New York City to participate in the legendary Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for the biggest meet of the season in the Northeast. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Cazenoviagirls cross countrylast_img read more