Craig Burley says it is Arsenal’s midfield, not defence, that is holding Unai Emery’s side back

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 8:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Craig Burley says it is Arsenal’s midfield, not defence, that is holding Unai Emery’s side back Unai Emery’s side are third in the Premier League (Picture: Getty Images)Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has picked out Arsenal’s midfield as the major reason why they cannot compete with Liverpool or Manchester City in the Premier League.The Gunners have made a hit-and-miss start to the season, but it has been good enough to see them sitting in third place in the table after eight games.Victory over Bournemouth on Sunday saw Unai Emery’s side climb to the impressive position, although due to the lacklustre nature of most sides in the division, they have needed just 15 points from eight games to do so.Burley, who also played for Celtic and Derby among others, is impressed with the attacking options available to Emery, and feels the defence is improving, but has highlighted the midfield as a why they cannot bridge the gap to Liverpool and City, who sit first and second.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m not sold on Arsenal, no,’ Burley told ESPN FC.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 City‘But, I’m not sold on anyone apart from Liverpool or Man City, and City at the moment are having a glitch by their standards.‘They’ve got two excellent strikers, one who is out injured at the moment – [Alexandre] Lacazette – and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang looks as if he’s going to have a good return of goals again.‘They’ve got some good youngsters, and it looks like Unai Emery is going to give them some game time, he’s given them their head, and you saw it with young [Gabriel] Martinelli in midweek.‘I don’t like the middle of the park, I just don’t like it.‘And I agree, once [Kieran] Tierney and [Hector] Bellerin get up to full speed, he’ll get a better sense and we’ll get a better sense of what his back four is.‘Having those two full-backs should help him, they should help him.’Arsenal’s midfield trio against Bournemouth consisted of Mateo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka.Bellerin and Tierney have both made their returns from injury, but neither has appeared in the Premier League yet this season.With the international break this weekend, both the Spaniard and the Scot could make their first league appearances of the campaign on Monday 21 October when Arsenal travel to South Yorkshire to take on Sheffield United.Lacazette is unlikely to be available for that match as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, but could be fit by the end of the month.MORE: Shkodran Mutafi blasts Arsenal hero Emmanuel Petit for his ‘king of blunders’ commentMORE: Lille chief Luis Campos explains why Nicolas Pepe will be a success at Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Queensland’s best pool will have you walking on water

first_imgDesigned by award-winning Queensland architect Paul Clout Designs, the pool wraps around and through the centre of the house.A transparent section creates the sense of walking on water as you cross from one wing to the other.“This house really is in a league of its own,” said Ray White agent Matt Gates. Facing north east on the banks of the Coomera River, this luxurious home draws on the elements with dramatic effect. One of Australia’s best homes hits the Gold Coast market The Sanctuary Cove residence is in a league of its own.The roof is raised on glass panels allowing light and air to flow freely inside while well-placed gas fire lamps add ambience as night falls.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The use of curves also adds to the intrigue — there is nothing cookie cutter about this home,” said Mr Gates. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31In a sun-drenched state where backyard pools are a must-have feature, designing Queensland’s best pool is no small feat.The pool inside this Sanctuary Cove residence – awarded the state’s top gong in 2010 – is a feature in its own right. With the owners planning to downsize, the single level residence is ideal for a couple or family wanting space and privacy.“I don’t know who this house wouldn’t suit,” quipped Mr Gates. “The standard of living on offer is exceptional.” Matt Gates of Ray White Prestige – Surfers Paradise is marketing the property through an expressions of interest campaign closing July 25. Palm Springs-inspired estate has laid-back resort vibe A view worth waking up for. Te raised roof adds another point of interest and natural light inside. MORE: See inside Koala Park’s hottest new house The pool overlooks the Coomera River. The pool wraps around and through the house, under a transparent walkway.last_img read more

Graeme McDowell enjoys birdie spree to lead OHL Classic in Mexico

first_img McDowell, who started on the back nine, hit three straight birdies before making the turn. He dropped at shot on the first before following up with four more birdies in a ow. McDowell has not enjoyed the best of years, with only one top-10 finish in 25 starts as he dropped to 85th in the world rankings, but said a change of mental approach has helped him this week. “(I) came into these two weeks with a pretty relaxed attitude,” McDowell said on the PGA Tour website. “The last couple days, so far, the attitude’s been good. I’ve just been out there trying to play golf and enjoy myself.” Graeme McDowell made seven birdies in the space of eight holes as he vaulted up the leaderboard to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. McDowell leads by one shot on -12 from Derek Fathauer, one of four overnight leaders, who overcame two bogeys for a second-round 66. Justin Leonard and Shawn Stefani dropped down to a share of fifth with rounds of 68, while Aaron Baddeley had a nightmare day, with three bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-four sixth sending him all the way down to a share of 37th as he signed for a 73. Korean Si Woo Kim is tied for third, two shots back, alongside Harold Varner III, whose 62 was the best round of the day and came despite a bogey on the second hole. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

UAM Tillers Win Nigeria’s First Collegiate Football League

first_imgOrganisers of the HiFL league were impressed with the huge support that the league has garnered and sustained in its first inaugural edition.A Director of PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Sola Fijabi, said that he was impressed with the first edition.“It is heart-warming to close out our first season on a high note. We are especially happy that the league did not only create an engagement platform for brands and several stakeholders, but it also unified students across Nigeria in the delightful spirit of sportsmanship.“We are extremely prepared for the 2019 edition to accommodate more schools than what we presently have.“In 2019 there will be 32 schools a 100 per cent increase in the number of universities that participated in this maiden edition.“We are hopeful that like the maiden edition, subsequent editions of the league will continue to have positive impact on sports and education in Nigeria.“We hope to place collegiate sports in Nigeria on the same pedestal obtainable in other countries that have recorded successes and built a strong network of young, home-grown sporting and football talents in particular” Fijabi concluded.Speaking after the final match, President, Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) Prof Stephen Hamafyelto enthused that “The maiden edition of the Higher Institutions Football League has been largely successful.“We have delivered on the promises we made regarding standards, discipline and even fair-play. The fact that the winner of the last NUGA Games is also the winner of the 2018 HiFL competition is further proof of the credibility of both NUGA and HiFL.“Next year, we look forward to a more brilliant and interesting execution plan that will enable more schools to participate.“We are glad that the league has not only given a voice and a face to football talents across the country, but is also providing hope and a veritable platform of success for the numerous talents that are being discovered,” he added.16 teams participated in the 2018 HiFL season. The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU Giants) emerged as winners of the Third Place Playoff after defeating University of University of Ilorin (Unilorin Warriors) in a thrilling encounter, which ended 3-1 HiFL is organised in partnership with the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA). The league is overseen by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors (CVC).The winner of HIFL will represent Nigeria at the 2019 International University Sports Federation (FISU) Games in Naples, Italy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram University of Agriculture Makurdi  (UAM Tillers) defeated University of Calabar (UNICAL Malabites) 5-4 in penalty shootouts on Saturday in Lagos to emerge champions of the maiden Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL).The Tillers from Makurdi started the game on the front foot, with skipper and highest goal scorer of the tournament Ebuka David in the thick of action, but the Okorie Okechukwu- led UNICAL Malabites defence stood resilient.The boys from Calabar were the better side in the second half as skipper and Man of the Match, Charles Ufot created a lot of chances that were poorly finished. But after a goalless stalemate in regulation time, the Makurdi team won 5-4 in shoot out to be crowned champions at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.last_img read more