Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal fans to provide ‘powerful energy’ but knows he must convince them first

first_imgMikel Arteta knows he needs to build the trust of the Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal fans to provide his team with a powerful energy and in turn he promises to make their lives better as they will enjoy watching their team.The new Arsenal boss is desperate to repair a tense relationship between the team and the fans which festered under his predecessor, Unai Emery.A toxic atmosphere had developed at the Emirates, which was part of Granit Xhaka being stripped of the club captaincy after a clash with fans when he was substituted against Crystal Palace earlier in the season.Arteta, who captained the Gunners and won two FA Cups during his time as a player at the club, knows that the fans in north London can be a driving force for success and wants to build on the positive response his team received during his opening match as manager – a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think energy is everything, in life, in football and in sports. If we are able to generate this it will give us a lift,’ said the Spaniard. Comment Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal fans to provide ‘powerful energy’ but knows he must convince them first Arteta is looking to foster a relationship with players and fans (Picture: Getty Images)‘I was really pleased with how the fans treated the players [against Bournemouth] and I was happy that the players went to see the fans after the game as well because we need that connection.‘Slowly, we need to build that back to where it was. It’s going to be very powerful for us to use that.’Arteta knows full well that it is a two-way street and the fans need to have some encouragement in order to provide the energy he is looking for, especially when the atmosphere has been so poor in recent weeks.‘Hopefully we can change it,’ Arteta continued. ‘First I need to convince the players and then, if I can convince the players, afterwards we can convince the fans.‘I think it’s very, very important in my job. At the end of the day they’re expecting a lot from us.‘We have to give them enjoyment, we have to make their lives better and, when we win, it will be better because they will be happier.‘It’s our responsibility and we have to do everything we can to achieve that.’Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday in a huge test for Arteta so early in his managerial career.The draw at Bournemouth left the Gunners 11th in the Premier League table and closer to the bottom three in points than fourth place, where Chelsea currently reside.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 CityAfter the point on the south coast, Arteta insisted his aim for the season was simply to make an impact on the team as quickly as possible.‘My only one now is to review the game and find solutions to do it better,’ he said after the draw with the Cherries.‘To attack better, to concede less on the counter-attack, to defend better and prepare a good training session for them to improve them, that’s all.‘I don’t look at the games against Chelsea or [Manchester] United – it’s now. At the moment the urgency is now. And we need an impact now.’MORE: Paul Scholes names Arsenal’s three key players and the problem Mikel Arteta must sort out firstMORE: Granit Xhaka ‘angry’ with Mikel Arteta after talks over Arsenal exit Phil HaighFriday 27 Dec 2019 11:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Man Utd and Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Dayot Upamecano ‘agrees’ to join Bayern Munich

first_imgMan Utd and Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Dayot Upamecano ‘agrees’ to join Bayern Munich Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link335Shares Comment Upamecano would be a good partner for Harry Maguire in Solskjaer’s side (Picture: Getty Images)United missed out on the chance to sign the defender for free under former boss Louis van Gaal back in 2015.The Red Devils invited Upamecano to their training ground at the age of 16, but couldn’t convince the centre-back of a move to Old Trafford.MORE: Liverpool begin talks with Manchester United and Chelsea target Victor OsimhenMORE: Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Upamecano is being chased by Europe’s top clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United and Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, who has agreed terms with Bayern Munich, according to reports.The 21-year-old has been one of the Bundesliga’s standout defenders this season, and Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly targeting the £50million-rated Frenchman for a summer switch.According to BILD, German giants Bayern have already held talks with Upamecano ahead of a potential summer move, but are reluctant to pay Leipzig’s asking price.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTThe promising centre-back has just over a year left on his current contract, which means a cut-price fee could be agreed, or the club could risk losing him on a free transfer in 2021.AdvertisementAdvertisementUpamecano is said to want a move away from the Red Bull Arena in the next transfer window, however, Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff insisted last week that the German side are under no financial pressure to sell one of their prize assets.He said: ‘We have an outstanding squad and could easily start the new season with this squad. It’s clear that we wouldn’t sell a player below value [even] if he wanted to.‘You can assume that we will have talks [with Upamecano] that will be to everyone’s satisfaction.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Local derby in Munster Junior Cup

first_imgClonmel Town will look to overcome Clonmel Celtic in a frothy local derby in their Munster Junior Cup third round match-up this afternoon. That game will kick-off at two o’clock. The full time scores from the Tipperary Cup second round match-ups saw St Kieran’s defeat Cahir Park by two goals to one. Cashel comprehensively beat St Michaels B by six goals to one. In the Tipperary Southern District Premier League, the final score between Glengoole and St Michaels was Glengoole 0 St Michaels 4.last_img read more