Arsenal ready to submit offer for Amadou Diawara as Mikel Arteta seeks Lucas Torreira upgrade

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 12:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Arsenal ready to submit offer for Amadou Diawara as Mikel Arteta seeks Lucas Torreira upgrade Lucas Torreira has struggled to win his place back in the Arsenal starting XI after recovering from an ankle injury (Picture: Getty)The Uruguay international, who is also interesting the likes of Fiorentina and AC Milan, featured prominently during the early part of Arteta’s reign but struggled to win his place back after recovering from an ankle injury.Roma, themselves, are interested in signing the 24-year-old and, according to Corriere dello Sport, would be willing to entertain the possibility of a swap deal involving the combative Diawara who impressed last season following his move from Napoli. 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 ArsenalArsenal enjoy cordial relations with Roma after the two clubs reached a mutually beneficial agreement recently over the deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan effectively rip up the remainder of his Gunners contract and join the Serie A side on a permanent basis. Ghana international Partey had been Arsenal’s first choice to bolster their midfield but are not in a position to activate his £50m release clause and the 27-year-old now looks likely to sign a new contract. MORE: Arsenal to announce Gabriel Magalhaes transfer after defender signs five-year contractMORE: Gareth Southgate explains decision not to include Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka in England senior squadFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Mikel Arteta is hoping to overhaul Arsenal’s midfield this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are preparing to tempt Roma with an opening £27million bid for midfielder Amadou Diawara after abandoning their pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.Mikel Arteta has largely focused his efforts so far this summer on strengthening his defence. After securing new deals for Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and David Luiz, Arsenal are preparing to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille imminently. With captain and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to commit his future to the club, Arteta’s most pressing concern now centres on bolstering his central midfield.With Mateo Guendouzi still in exile and Dani Ceballos back at Real Madrid after a successful loan spell in north London, Granit Xhaka represents the only senior and in favour midfielder available to Arteta ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTorreira shone during his first season at Arsenal following his £24million move from Sampdoria but struggled when Unai Emery deployed him in a more attacking role at the start of last term. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

MLAX : Syracuse hampered by inexperience, offensive deficiencies in mediocre season

first_img Comments Despite the loss of seven All-Americans, this year’s Syracuse team still started the season with championship aspirations.The Orange started its season as an enigma with new players taking on the role of starters and a goaltender situation that was going to be settled as the season progressed. Still, the talent level of the personnel gave hope the program could compete at an elite level.‘Everyone had high hopes going into the season, everyone thought we could do it,’ senior midfielder Bobby Eilers said. ‘It happens sometimes. We made the playoffs, so that’s something we’re happy about.’Eilers and his teammates didn’t think of this year’s team as one in transition at the start of the season, but that’s what it turned out to be. Duke booted Syracuse (9-8) out of the NCAA tournament in the first round with a 12-9 win, exploiting the Orange’s biggest problem all year: faceoffs. The Blue Devils won an astounding 17 of 24 draws, substantially limiting the opportunities the Orange had to score. In the end, a young Syracuse team couldn’t take down formidable Duke, and now the program turns its attention to next year.Even making the postseason was a notch for SU to hang its hat on after a regular season in which it lost to Villanova in the Carrier Dome – its first-ever Big East loss – and then Georgetown, putting itself on the brink of making the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnly a Big East tournament championship would extend SU’s season, and the Orange offense broke out to take down Villanova 15-6 in the semifinals and St. John’s 12-4 in the championship game to earn an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament.But that’s where the high hopes ended. The 27-goal explosion in the Big East tournament didn’t carry over.‘We wish we could’ve done that against Duke,’ Eilers said. ‘I thought we were pretty effective when we had the ball on offense, but I think the faceoff problem kind of prevented that. We didn’t do too well in the faceoff.’Seven faceoff wins were nowhere near enough. The Blue Devils would score, go to the X, win the draw and have possession once again. Duke used two faceoff specialists while SU used five, failing to find consistent success.SU’s final game was a microcosm of the season.It was a 60-minute look at what eventually cost the Orange a chance at moving further into the postseason. When the game was over, head coach John Desko spoke about his team’s lack of patience on offense – an issue that has often been a staple of his postgame press conferences this season.‘I think we felt really hurried when we did get it because of the score, we needed to make something happen pretty quickly,’ Desko told reporters after his team’s loss to Duke. ‘A lot of times you force some things, and take some bad shots.’Throughout the season, Desko used seven different faceoff specialists. The Orange finished the season 45th out of 50 teams in faceoff win percentage at just 46.4 percent.But SU’s up-and-down season was plagued by a variety of other shortcomings too.Desko used three different goaltenders during the season, with Matt Lerman, Dominic Lamolinara and Bobby Wardwell all seeing time in net. None were superb, and none hurt the team, either, but just having a revolving door of goaltenders left a constant question mark hovering over the team.Syracuse began the year with an entirely new first midfield line after it lost all three starters from 2011 to graduation. The trio of Eilers, JoJo Marasco and Hakeem Lecky produced 40 goals.Duke has four players who scored at least 30 goals each. The Orange never found that kind of offensive consistency at midfield. Its attack, though, did its best to provide the team’s scoring backbone. The line of Tommy Palasek, Derek Maltz and Tim Desko combined for 74 goals.Palasek and Tim Desko finished their SU careers with the loss to Duke. After the game, Palasek, who transferred from Johns Hopkins before the start of last season, expressed his appreciation for the chance to play at SU.‘I’m sure it’s too soon to tell right now how I feel,’ Palasek said, ‘but I’m lucky to be able to play for one the best coaches that ever coached the game.’Eilers said all the players were always on the same page. And with the younger players earning some big-game experience and the coaching staff having a full year of evaluation, Eilers expects next year’s team to start its season in a better position than this year’s did.‘Everyone on the team wants to win. Everyone on the team wanted to win on the team all year,’ Eilers said. ‘The coaches don’t worry. They’re going to look at this and fix it.’cjiseman@syr.edu Published on May 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more