Paul Merson tells Arsenal to sign three players – including Manchester City defender John Stones

first_img Arsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:24FullscreenArsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conference 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.‘If you look at the quality of City versus Liverpool and the North London Derby, it’s chalk and cheese really.‘And with the squad City have, they have to be favourites to win the FA Cup. If they’re in trouble they can bring on five top class subs!’Manchester City go into the FA Cup semi-final having won their last three Premier League matches and 22 points above Arsenal in the table.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Arsenal legend’s on Arsenal transfer chief EduMORE: Saliba sends farewell message to Saint-Etienne before joining Arsenal Paul Merson tells Arsenal to sign three players – including Manchester City defender John Stones Paul Merson says Arsenal still need to sign three new players (Picture: Sky Sports)Paul Merson believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta needs to sign at least three players this summer – and says Manchester City defender John Stones would be a welcome addition.The Gunners have endured another turbulent season, with the club only winning 13 of their 36 Premier League fixtures under first Unai Emery and more recently Arteta.Arsenal are currently ninth in the table – nine points behind fourth-placed Leicester City – although could boost their season by winning the FA Cup and face Man City in the semi-finals on Saturday evening.Merson is concerned about the quality of Arteta’s squad and says Arsenal need to sign a centre-back, central midfielder and striker this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the Gunners legend has endorsed Arsenal’s pursuit of City and England defender Stones, who has been linked with a move to the Emirates recently.‘Arsenal need a centre-back, a central midfielder and another striker. The whole spine of the team really,’ Merson told Starsport.‘And I think he might go for John Stones at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to trust him, and Arteta has worked with him before. Advertisement Commentcenter_img The Gunners have been linked with a move for Manchester City defender John Stones (Picture: Getty)‘Arsenal need an out and out defender, not another David Luiz who knows how to play the ball out from the back but makes a lot of mistakes.‘But Stones is English, young enough to improve, and Arteta will know all about him and know he fits into the system.’Looking ahead to Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, Merson added: ‘I expect City to win.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‘Arsenal have a chance because it’s a one-off game and anything can happen. If they defend like they did against Liverpool it could get interesting.‘But that’s the thing with Arsenal, you can’t rely on them to play with any consistency and they would have to get massively lucky to get to the final.‘Arteta said himself the gap to the top two is enormous and he’s dead right. Arsenal are a million miles away. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 9:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link238Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Beat writers predict outcome of SU’s final regular season game against Pittsburgh

first_imgSyracuse (4-7, 2-5 atlantic Coast) goes down to Heinz Field for its last game of the season against Pittsburgh (7-4, 4-3) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Orange is coming off a 45-14 beat down by Florida State, while the Panthers won, 56-14, over Duke.Tomer Langer (5-3)Squeezed outPittsburgh 34, Syracuse 14With some spots still open, Syracuse still has a chance to make a bowl game if it makes to five wins, but it’s unlikely that’ll happen. Overall, head coach Dino Babers’ first year went about as expected. The biggest question mark now is the health of quarterback Eric Dungey. SU has been banged up a lot this year, especially down the stretch, and a lot of other key players missed games. But, assuming Dungey doesn’t play, this will be the second straight season he misses the last several games with some sort of “upper-body injury.” And the only thing that’s maybe even more concerning than his injuries is to what lengths the team’s gone to try to conceal it.Chris Libonati (8-3)On the prowlPittsburgh 38, Syracuse 17I had Syracuse as a 5-7 team at the beginning of the season, and I stand by my thinking that SU would have gotten there had Eric Dungey not gotten hurt. But the reality is that he did. Pitt’s biggest weakness is its pass defense, and I’m just not sure that Zack Mahoney has enough tools to take advantage of that. The Orange doesn’t get its fifth win and narrowly misses a bowl game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus (8-3)Hail 2 PittPittsburgh 48, Syracuse 14Babers’ first year will come to an end Saturday with a loss to Pittsburgh. Because of the win over Virginia Tech and 4-4 record at one point, it’ll be a disappointment when the Orange misses a bowl game. But remember, at 4-8 SU is exactly where we (or at least I) expected it to be. SU has dealt with massive injuries on both sides of the ball yet still made progress. Get ready for the fun part: Year 2. Comments Published on November 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

See Erling Haaland’s magnificent 5th goal in just two games for Dortmund [VIDEO]

first_img19-year-old Norway striker Erling Haaland announced himself to the Bundesliga last week in fine style, scoring a fantastic hat-trick for Dortmund against Augsburg.He built on that yesterday with two goals in just 25 minutes for Dortmund on Friday night in their match against Koln.The second in particular had social media buzzing.Haaland had come off the bench for Dortmund in the second half and already found his first of the game and fourth of the Bundesliga season.With 87 minutes on the clock and Bayern leading 5-1, Haaland burst past the onrushing Koln goalkeeper down the right.Despite stumbling a bit initially, Haaland regained his composure to bend the ball home with his weaker left foot, from an almost impossible angle.The goal earned a considerable gasp, then cheers from the Dortmund fans and shocked looks from his teammates who joined him to celebrate the fantastic strike.He is now the first player to score five goals in his first two games in the German top-flight, all in 59 minutes.Haaland had been rumoured to be the subject of much interest from Manchester United for years, sending scouts to his games at Molde and RB Salzburg but despite being favourites to sign him in January, the English club lost out to Dortmund.Check out Haaland’s beautiful goal below;last_img read more

Domestic abuse survivor to be honored

first_imgNORWALK – Yadira Gudino always believed the road to a better life begins with a good education, but an abusive marriage put her life on a different path at age 19. “He always had a very dominant personality, and it started with him wanting to control me,” she said of her ex-husband. “He would take my money, and he was aggressive, and then he started to hurt me physically.” A decade later, Gudino, who now lives in a domestic violence shelter with her two young children, is trying to get her life – and her education – back on track. She is ready to begin again, after being named a Women’s Opportunity Award recipient by the Soroptimist of Santa Fe Springs. The annual award is given to women who have overcome adversity but still need financial help to further their education, said WOA organizer Annette Rodriguez. Gudino, 29, however, is not typical of most awardees, many of whom have overcome drug-addiction problems, Rodriguez said. “The reason they picked Gudino is because she was just so determined to better herself. She’s never been on drugs, so that was different, that wasn’t her issue,” she said. “Her issue was being abused by her husband and coming to the United States not knowing anybody and feeling insecure about herself. But the way she spoke, she’s still very positive. She doesn’t want to be a welfare burden. She just wants to make a career for herself,” Rodriguez added. That is something Gudino has believed since she was a teenager attending school and working full-time in Michoacan, Mexico. When she met her husband in Mexico, his schedule called for him to work nine months out of the year in New York and three months in Mexico. In 2000, he brought his wife and daughter to the United States, where he got a job in Anaheim. Gudino was pregnant with her son, knew no English and had no friends or relatives around. Then the abuse began to escalate, culminating in a violent outburst in which he hit Gudino in front of her daughter. She made a police report and officials helped find her temporary housing. “I want her to live a better life,” she said of her daughter. “For me, I thought, `I’m going to lose whatever I lose – but my daughter will be the one who wins.’ She’s the one who made me get out.” With a boost from the $800 check she will receive from the Soroptimist, Gudino hopes to complete the English classes she is taking. She wants to get her GED and possibly take some business or accounting courses. Meanwhile, the shelter she is living in provides day care while Gudino is at school. “I was very happy when I found out I’d won,” she said. “The best thing I can do is study. I go to counseling and I’m pretty busy, but I’m making our lives better.” Gudino will be honored by the Soroptimist at a “Tea for Two” fund-raising event at 11 a.m. March 4 at Town Center Hall, 11740 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. Donations are $20 per person. For more information, call (562) 665-8956. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img