Alexandre Lacazette issues cryptic response after fan begs him to stay at Arsenal

first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment Read More Read More Skip Advertisement 1/1 Coming Next Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette is keeping Arsenal supporters guessing over his future after issuing a cryptic response to speculation he could be on his way out of the club this summer.The 29-year-old striker had his worst season yet in front of goal for the Gunners last term, scoring just 12 goals in all competitions, and Mikel Arteta is open to selling the forward to raise funds for further summer signings. Atletico Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation after missing out on Lacazette when he was at Lyon back in 2017 and recent reports suggested they are prepared to offer three of their players – Thomas Lemar, Angel Correa or Vitolo – in exchange for the Frenchman. SPONSORED Video Settings ‘I’m happy with my career because I played for Lyon, my club since I was a child,’ he said ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.‘I played for Arsenal, my dream club in the UK. ‘I’m still happy about my career but obviously I would love to win more trophies and this one can make me happier in my Arsenal journey.’ Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Read More Full Screencenter_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1 min. story Read More Skip Ad Read More About Connatix V67539 Top articles And shortly after Arsenal’s pre-season clash with Aston Villa on Saturday, Lacazette dropped another possible hint that he expects to remain in north London for the forthcoming season. ‘One word. STAY,’ Arsenal fan account ‘lacazettesquad’ replied to the attacker’s post on Instagram following the friendly.Lacazette responded with a cheeky wink emoji which many supporters in the comments section took it as a sign he was staying.A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to prevent the Gunners from losing their behind-closed-doors match with Villa at the Emirates this weekend. Goals from Douglas Luiz and Jacob Ramsey (2) sealed the win for the visitors as Willian made his first Arsenal appearance.Arteta handed Mesut Ozil his first competitive match since March and Dani Ceballos was also given a run out after completing his second successive loan move from Real Madrid earlier this week.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 ArsenalCeballos said there was ‘never any doubt’ in his mind about returning to Arsenal this summer, despite receiving offers from Madrid and other La Liga clubs to remain in Spain for the upcoming campaign.‘I’m very pleased to be back with Arsenal – I’m very happy to have come back to a club where I feel important,’ the Spanish midfielder told Arsenal’s official website.‘It’s true that I had other options, such as staying at Real Madrid and going back to the Spanish league, where there were teams interested in me. ‘I spoke to the coach last year, before the FA Cup final, and told him that I wanted to stay at Arsenal and win titles. I’d been really happy with what Mikel had built at the club since he came in. ‘I had a great time at this club last season and there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to come back.’Will Lacazette still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AdvertisementAdvertisementFor more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic crucial to new AC Milan signing’s decision to snub ArsenalMORE: Man Utd cult hero Rafael da Silva fires dig at Alexis Sanchez over Arsenal claim Alexandre Lacazette issues cryptic response after fan begs him to stay at Arsenal by Metro Lacazette was given a run out as Arsenal were defeated by Villa on Saturday (Picture: Getty)However, Lacazette poured cold water on rumours of a possible departure last month and reassured fans that Arsenal were his ‘dream club’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Sep 2020 10:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.3kShares PLAY Advertisementlast_img read more

Syracuse loses in 4 sets to Miami, drops to 5th straight conference defeat

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season, Syracuse won the first set of the match. The Orange players clapped, yelled and warmed up on the sidelines while some Miami players folded their arms. Some put their hands in their pockets, but nearly all of them buried themselves in their zip-ups.But the energy wasn’t enough SU.Miami (10-6, 3-2 ACC) clawed out a victory in four sets over Syracuse (7-10, 0-5). After taking the first set 25-22, the Orange was beaten 26-24, 25-16 and 25-21 in the following three. Syracuse could only stave off the Hurricanes in the first set before it broke down.“I felt like (the energy) was pretty good, especially in the first set. I think in the third set, we fell a little flat and that definitely contributed to how we were playing,” said Lindsay McCabe, a senior blocker.In the first and second sets, the Orange was competitive. Syracuse built two runs of five points and held off an answer from Miami. Silvi Uatarra, an outside hitter, ended the first set with a kill, one of her 21 on the night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse and Miami traded points in the second set. Gosia Wlaszczuk and Monika Salkute went for the same ball, only for it to drop, giving the Hurricanes an 18-16 lead. After the Orange came back to tie the set at 24, Miami picked up two straight points to close out the set.As the second set closed out, Miami players looked comfortable for the first time, raising their hands to form a “U,” signaling the set point. The Hurricanes’ confidence translated in the third set, gaining a lead that grew to nine at one point. Miami’s Kelsie Groot blasted a spike to punctuate the set and push the Hurricanes past the Orange for good.Head coach Leonid Yelin thought the team fought well in the first and second sets, but not winning the second set took its toll.“In the third (set) it was just a mental break after we didn’t pull out (the) second (set),” Yelin said.Despite a renewed effort, SU started slowly in the fourth and final set. Miami jumped out to a lead and never looked back. Miami’s Sakile Simmons closed out the game on a block— one area the Orange has excelled in this season.The block broke the Orange’s streak of either tying or out-blocking its opponent.Syracuse’s loss extended a five-game losing streak against ACC opponents, the worst start in conference play in the last decade for the Orange.Said Yelin, “We’re trying so hard, but winning is a very important part to build confidence, especially in a tight game when you’re playing with confidence, everything works better.” Comments Published on October 11, 2014 at 1:04 am Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

The presence of a glacier on Blackcomb Mountain me

first_imgThe presence of a glacier on Blackcomb Mountain means that skiers here can tear up the slopes until June, and excellent slope grooming and snow-making facilities ensure that there’s never any shortage of the white stuff.The views of both Whistler and Blackcomb peaks are so spectacular that the Peak 2 Peak gondola ride ($49.94 a ticket including 2010 Olympic displays) is an attraction in its own right, even when the snows have begun to melt. There have never been more activities on offer for non-skiers. Not convinced? Check out our guide to 13 things to do on ski holiday if you don’t like skiing.Where to stay:The palatial Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the resort’s most luxurious hotel, and the perfect retreat after a hard day on the slopes. Rooms from £268 per night.10. Mammoth, California, USClosest airport: Fresno or Sacramento Banff, which has one of the longest ski seasons in North America, comprises three ski villages: Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay. It’s also regarded as one of the best place in America for spring skiing, thanks largely to the sheer size of the place. Visit this beautiful chunk of Canada and you’ll have 8,000 acres of skiable terrain on your doorstep, all of which can be accessed using a tri-area lift ticket, which includes transport, night skiing at Mt. Norquay and certain additional winter activities such as tubing. The area’s unique climate means it’s also one of the few places to experience genuine champagne powder – which happens to fall by the bucket load in this part of the world.Where to stay:You don’t need to check into the famous (and rather expensive) Fairmont Banff Springs to enjoy a room with a view – rooms at the equally spectacular Rimrock Resort Hotel start from £152 per night, and the hotel is just a short walk from the slopes. It’s also close to some of Banff’s best bars and restaurants.7. Livigno, ItalyClosest airport: Milan or Innsbruck ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 1. Chamonix, FranceClosest airport: Geneva or Lyon Brussels AirlinesQantasAegean Airlines Verbier doesn’t just have a high altitude on its side but great snow-making facilities too, so even if the snow storms are petering out, you can rest assured there’ll be plenty of the white stuff at Switzerland’s most popular ski resort – it might just come from one of the hi-tech snow cannons. And given that Verbier’s not exactly regarded as one of Europe’s cheapest ski resorts, the ability to go outside of peak season will appeal to those search for ski holidays on a budget. Further proof of its status as a great resort for late season skiing comes in the fact that the Verbier’s 2017 festival, Verbier Impulse, takes place between 15 and 17 April, much later than similar events in other resorts.Where to stay:Heading to the slopes later in the season means you can afford to splash out on accommodation, so make your base the fabulous 123-room W Verbier where you’ll find one of the resort’s largest spas. From £283 per room per night.3. Åre, SwedenClosest airport: Ostersund Froesoe, Stockholm or Oslo With a season that typically lasts into June but also boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, skiers and snowboarders can get the best of both worlds at one of the USA’s premier mountain resorts. This is a great alternative summer holiday with the kids, with an unlimited list of things to do, including super-fast snow tubing down the slopes in a rubber ring, or snowmobile tours to explore the huge meadows around the twinkling Mammoth Lakes.Where to stay:The Tamarack Lodge feels like a fabulously cosy log cabin, with open fires, marshmallow-like sofas and vast expanses of oak. Best of all, it restores our faith in the possibility of cheap skiing holidays, because rooms start from £98 per room per night.Still not sure where to head for your skiing holiday, winter sports fans read onAirline ski fees: winter sports equipment charges revealedCheck the cost of taking your skis or snowboard on your flight to the slopes with our handy guide to each airline’s charges.World’s weirdest ski resorts: from Kosovo to North KoreaSkyscanner reveals 11 places you’d be surprised to know had ski resorts, from Cyprus to Sicily, Kosovo to Kashmir. 10 wonderful winter holidaysTen of the most amazingly awesome, stunningly snowy places to travel to once the white stuff starts falling.*Published October 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices at the time of publication, for travel between January and May, and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. In Tignes, a sprawling resort made up of five villages, the season lasts well into May, and after that it’s possible to summer ski on the glacier, which has over 20 kilometres of runs and a vertical drop of over 750 metres. It’s also part of the absolutely enormous Espace Killy ski area, and the resort’s world class network of ski lifts puts Val d’Isère within easy reach, too. Tignes has always been regarded as one the best party ski resorts, and this winter it’s upping the bar with the Live in Tignes by Francofolies event: four days of free concerts, three outdoor stages, world class artists and a breathtaking backdrop. What’s not to love?Where to stay: Check into the Logis Gentiana, and you’ll discover indoor and outdoor pools and cosy rooms which scream alpine chic. From £214 per room per night.5. Zermatt, SwitzerlandClosest airport: Zurich One of the higher resorts in Europe with pistes up to 3000 metres and an enviable snow record, Livigno is also known for its sunny location in the Italian Alps. It’s home to one of Europe’s largest terrain parks and the skiing usually lasts until early May. Livigno’s tax-free tax status is also a considerable draw, meaning that food and drink are excellent value here. The resort itself is unusually long and thin – four kilometres from one end to the other – but there are free buses to go to and from the lifts, and it’s regarded as one of Italy’s best ski resorts for families, and is one of Europe’s top ski resorts for beginners.Where to stay:There’s plenty of alpine charm at Hotel Garni La Suisse , a traditional chalet-style hotel where rooms start from £143 per night.8. Gassan, JapanClosest airport: Tokyo or Nagoya Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: This famous Swiss ski resort, in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn, has lifts that take you up to 3899 metres, and there’s great skiing until early May. After that, you’ll be able to enjoy summer skiing on the glacier. Its car-free town centre feels wonderfully rustic, and there’s a great range of restaurant and accommodation options. If you’re coming by road, park in the village of Tasch, five miles away, and catch the free shuttle. But remember to keep your camera to hand when in Zermatt – the towering, snow-dusted peaks means that it’s one of the world’s most stunning places to go skiing.Where to stay: All of the rooms at Hotel Astoria, have balconies, and the hotel is famous for having the most spectacular views. From £181 per room per night.6. Banff, CanadaClosest airport: Calgary Located in Yamagata on Japan’s main island, Honshu, Gassan gets so much snow (up to eight metres!) during the winter that it doesn’t even open until April because the resort is inaccessible until then. The lifts then continue to run until late July where skiers and snowboarders can enjoy almost 1000 metres of vertical terrain. Translated as ‘Moon Mountain’ in Japanese, the community around Mount Gassan also prides itself on its mineral water and for beer fans, there’s a micro-brewery and restaurant, Gassan Meisuikan, producing local Pilsner down the road in the town of Nishikawa. Where to stay:In Gassan, some of the best hotels are located a short distance from the slopes, but Kyukamura Haguro is one of the closest. From £71 per night.9. Whistler-Blackcomb, CanadaClosest airport: Vancouver It’s common knowledge that the best late season snow can be found in Europe’s higher resorts and Chamonix, 3,300 metres (10,000 feet) above sea level, certainly ticks that box. Head to this chic resort for over 1,000 kilometres of terrain, including legendary runs like Grands Montets and Valley Blanche. The ski season here often lasts well into May, depending on conditions. And it’s a misconception that those looking for cheap ski holidays should rule this resort out, thanks in part to a number of new budget ski hotels in Chamonix. We’ve got high hopes for The Rocky Pop hotel, which opens this December. The owners are promising fantastic rates and a fun, chilled out vibe, with two themed patios and gourmet burgers on the menu. Keen to avoid the crowds? Then you need to check out our guide to France’s 10 lesser-known ski resorts.Where to stay:The cosy La Croix Blanche is just a short walk from the centre of Chamonix, and rooms start from £107* per room per night.2. Verbier, SwitzerlandClosest airport: Geneva This beautiful Swedish ski resort opens in November and closes in May, and it’s not hard to see why it’s regarded as the best place in Sweden for late season snow. Some seriously impressive floodlighting means that it’s possible to night ski on several of the resort’s 100 pistes, and there are plenty of activities for non-skiers too, including husky rides, cross country skiing and snow mobiling. And where better way to sooth those aches and pains than a traditional Swedish sauna? Our favourite can be found at the Fjällgården Spa, where you can soak in an outdoor hot tub perched above the frozen Åresjön Lake. Bringing your own skis? Read our tips on travelling with ski and snowboard equipment.Where to stay:Expect roaring log fires and luxuriously furnished rooms atBuustamon’s Fjällgård. Rooms start from £69 per room per night.4. Tignes, FranceClosest airport: Grenoble or Geneva RelatedHow to save money and have a cheap ski holidaySkiing is expensive; the flights, accommodation, lift passes, lessons. Costs can quickly mount up – and that’s before we even get onto the après-ski! Stop them getting out of hand with our top tips for saving on this season’s ski holiday.Essential guide for travelling with ski and snowboard equipmentSo you’ve waxed your skis, purchased your insurance and pre-booked the lift pass. All that’s left to do is throw everything in a suitcase and head for the airport, right? Big mistake: taking a careless approach to packing ski and snowboard equipment is a recipe for disaster. 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