Mertesacker eager to make amends

first_img Lukas Podolski has, though, seen his first-team chances limited, and the German international hinted he might force the issue when the transfer window opens again in January. Speaking to RTL television, Podolski said: “I am a full-blooded player, a street player and I love competition. “If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur.” UEFA, meanwhile, will wait for the complete report of the match delegate for the Champions League Group D tie at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night before deciding what course of action to follow. Galatasaray fans, whom had earlier caused disturbances in the local area before kick-off, threw several flares onto the pitch towards the end of the first half, when they were 2-0 down, which caused Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi to halt the game, with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and captain Wesley Sneijder among those helping to restore order as riot police moved around the perimeter. Metropolitan Police confirmed there had been six arrests as part of their operation for the European game, two of which were for entering the ground with flares. UEFA view it as the home side’s responsibility to search supporters for any illegal items before they come into the stadium, while the governing body could sanction Galatasaray for failing to control their own fans. Arsene Wenger’s 18th anniversary was marked in style with a hat-trick from England forward Danny Welbeck as Galatasaray were taken apart 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium, during which there was a first-half stoppage for flares thrown by the away fans to be cleared off the pitch and could lead to sanctions from UEFA. The result puts Arsenal back on course for qualification out of Champions League Group D and was in stark contrast to that which came in Wenger’s 1,000th match as Arsenal manager last season, when the Gunners were blown away 6-0 at Stamford Bridge during March. German defender Mertesacker – who led the side against Galatasaray and will do again at the weekend with skipper Mikel Arteta sidelined by a calf problem – maintains this time around, things will be different. “Obviously (it is a) good lift (before the Chelsea game). We have got good confidence at the moment and will try to implement that into the game on Sunday,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “We know we can do better than the two consecutive seasons (at Chelsea) before and I think we will try new things on Sunday to get a better result than last year.” Arsenal will, though, be hoping for more of the same from Welbeck, the £16million deadline signing from Manchester United producing a clinical display to complete a first career hat-trick. “He is the main threat at the moment, especially on the counter-attack,” said Mertesacker of the 23-year-old, who along with Gibbs, midfielder Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been named in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers. “We have players who can put him in the right situations and that is what we need to find ourselves. “It took a bit of time, but I think now we are on (the) spot and we see what it takes to be a team and to be fully integrated.” With France forward Olivier Giroud recovering from a fractured fibia, Welbeck is likely to lead the Arsenal line into the new year, by which time it is hoped Theo Walcott will be back in full swing after the seriuos knee injury which ruled him out of the World Cup. Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker has warned Chelsea the Gunners are ready to “try new things” when they head to the Barclays Premier League leaders on Sunday boosted by their European success. Press Associationlast_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.’ Published on May 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball falls from AP Top 25 for first time this season

first_imgSyracuse (5-2) dropped out of the Top 25, from the No. 22 spot, for the first time this season after a 17-point loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday night and a narrow six-point win over North Florida on Saturday.After losing to South Carolina last weekend, the Orange fell to No. 22 from No. 18 and two unimpressive performances this past week knocked SU out of the poll completely.The Badgers, who were ranked No. 17 last week, stayed at No. 17 following its blowout wins over Syracuse and Oklahoma.Five Atlantic Coast Conference teams are ranked: No. 5 Duke, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 11 Louisville, No. 14 Virginia and No. 23 Notre Dame. The top five features Villanova, UCLA, Kansas, Baylor and the Blue Devils.The Orange faces Connecticut (3-4) on Monday at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on December 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Watch goals: Asamoah Gyan nets brace in Al Ain League win

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan grabbed a brace on Thursday as his side Al Ain recorded a 3-0 win at Dubai Club in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.Gyan opened the scoring on 17 minutes when he headed in Alex Brosque’s cross from inside the box as he was left unmarked.It was his 16th goal of the current campaign and Al Ain went into the break with a comfortable lead.Four minutes after recess, Gyan punished the defenders of Dubai Club who failed to deal with with Ahmed Al Shamisi cross.Gyan profited from a poor clearance to fire home from close range.Yassine El Ghanassy scored the third with a sublime finish on 79 minutes. Watch Asamoah Gyan’s two goals in the highlights below of Al Ain’s 3-0 win at Dubai Clublast_img read more

Legislative Page Torsten Spieler

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by House Democratic CaucusTorsten Spieler, a student at Avanti High School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Sequim), Torsten is the son of Jen Waldref and Thilo Spieler of Olympia and Lacey. Pages assume a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. Pages support the efficient operation of the Legislature while also receiving daily civics instruction, drafting their own bills, and participating in mock committee hearings.last_img read more