Wenger riled by persistent Sanchez questions

first_imgTransfers ‘It’s unbelievable’ – Wenger riled by persistent Sanchez questions Dom Farrell 07:57 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sanchez-cropped Getty Images Transfers Arsenal West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal West Bromwich Albion Premier League Arsène Wenger A. Sánchez Arsenal’s manager has tired of speculation over his star’s future and would rather focus on Jack Wilshere’s resurgence Arsene Wenger described persistent questions over Alexis Sanchez’s future as “unbelievable” amid renewed speculation the Chile forward will seek a move to Manchester City.Sanchez was understood to be on the verge of joining the Premier League leaders and his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola in August, only for Arsenal to pull the plug on the move when they were unable to secure a replacement.Fresh reports emerged this weekend regarding the 29-year-old retaining a desire to move to the Etihad Stadium, perhaps as early as January, with his Arsenal contract up at the end of this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Guardian claimed Sanchez was at the centre of a dressing-room bust-up following last month’s 1-0 win at Burnley, while Arsenal great Thierry Henry believes the split celebration to one of the star’s two goals at Crystal Palace last time out demonstrated a schism within the squad.Wenger will chalk up a landmark 811th Premier League game in charge of Arsenal when they travel to basement boys West Brom on Sunday, surpassing Alex Ferguson’s number of games managed in the competition, and relentless talk regarding Sanchez’s commitment to the Gunners’ cause soured the Frenchman’s mood ahead of what should be a celebratory occasion.”When he plays well it’s a problem,” he told reporters. “When is it not a problem? It’s unbelievable.”You judge a player on whether he played well or not and you comment on it after that.”I am not a psychologist to know what is in his head, if he is short-term or long-term.”You turn up to play football, that’s it. After that you judge, did he play well or not well.”13 – Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 13 goals in his last 15 Premier League London derbies (10 goals, 3 assists). Capitalised. pic.twitter.com/nwpXvGZSAd— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 28, 2017Wenger was more willing to discuss another of his players who will be out of contract in June.Jack Wilshere has put an injury nightmare and an unproductive loan spell at Bournemouth behind him to reassert himself in the Arsenal first-team picture this term and his manger hailed the 25-year-old’s mental strength.”It is better when we talk about that,” he said. “Give him credit for what he has gone through. His performance [against Palace] deserves credit because it demands some character.”I have a big respect for that because it is all nicey-nicey when you are super-talented and everybody says you are the greatest player at 17, but to come back to that level when you have gone through what he has gone through shows a special character.”I never feared for his career because in my job a very important quality is always to continue to believe in human beings. I believe everybody is alive to fight.”last_img read more

Report: West Brom 1 Arsenal 1

first_imgWest Brom 1 Arsenal 1: Controversial spot-kick denies Gunners on record day for Wenger Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:31 1/1/18 jay rodriguez - cropped Getty Images Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom as Arsene Wenger celebrated his 811th match in charge of the Gunners in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking 811th Premier League match in charge of Arsenal ended in a dramatic 1-1 draw with West Brom.The Gunners produced a fairly listless performance at The Hawthorns in the absence of the injured Mesut Ozil, but Alexis Sanchez’s deflected free-kick seven minutes from time looked to be enough for them to snatch all three points.However, a controversial late penalty allowed Jay Rodriguez to score the equaliser and lift West Brom off the bottom of the table on goal difference, while Arsenal move into fifth above arch-rivals Tottenham, but are three points off the Champions League spots. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ozil was left out of the squad due to a knee injury that could also see him miss Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea, and Wenger was given a further headache when Sead Kolasinac limped off during a tepid first half.Sanchez, who continues to be linked with a move to Manchester City, started alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi in attack, but clear-cut opportunities were scarce against Alan Pardew’s disciplined side.The visitors’ pressure increased in the closing stages and Sanchez struck the vital blow when his free-kick glanced in off James McClean, but Rodriguez levelled in the 89th minute to leave Wenger furious.Congratulations, Arsene Wenger!The @Arsenal manager eclipses Sir Alex Ferguson’s #PL record #WBAARS pic.twitter.com/FwXrwP488V — Premier League (@premierleague) December 31, 2017 Arsenal were dealt a blow before kick-off, with Ozil missing from the squad due to a knee injury, and goalkeeper Petr Cech then picked up a knock after dropping a cross under pressure in the early exchanges.Cech was unsettled for some minutes but he did manage to claw away a header from Rodriguez, while Arsenal’s best early chance saw Iwobi curl a shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box.Iwobi was then denied by Ben Foster after creating some space 20 yards out, but the Gunners’ drab half got worse nine minutes before the break when Kolasinac limped off after a foul by Gareth Barry.West Brom’s pressure began to increase after half-time, but Foster had to be alert to block Lacazette’s low strike after the France international made a rare drive into the penalty area.Arsenal suddenly looked a little livelier in attack and Lacazette prodded a promising chance just wide of the left-hand post, before Sanchez rippled the side-netting with a dipping effort from the right.Wenger introduced Per Mertesacker for Koscielny, who appeared to be moving a little gingerly, before throwing on Danny Welbeck in a bid to break down a West Brom defence that was beginning to drop deeper and deeper as the clock ticked down.Sanchez thought he had won the match for Arsenal with seven minutes left, his free-kick glancing off McClean in the wall and nestling into the bottom corner in front of the visiting fans.However, with a minute of normal time remaining, referee Mike Dean penalised Calum Chambers when Kieran Gibbs’ cross struck his hands from close range, allowing Rodriguez the chance to fire the ball down the middle of Cech’s goal and rescue a point. A frantic finish…J-Rod saves a point late on!Reaction  https://t.co/ZMeTnXHncZ #WBAARS pic.twitter.com/j9hym3F73z— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 31, 2017 Key Opta stats:- Arsenal have scored in all 24 of their Premier League games against West Brom – the best 100% record in the competition.- Petr Cech has failed to save any of the 13 penalties he’s faced in all competitions for Arsenal – only two keepers have faced more at a single club without saving one (Brad Friedel at Aston Villa, Craig Gordon at Sunderland both 15).- The Baggies are now winless in 19 Premier League games – only three clubs have ever had a longer winless run in the competition (Derby 32, Sunderland 26 and Norwich 21).- This was the first point that West Brom had won from a losing position in the Premier League this season. read morelast_img read more

Transfer latest: ‘Agent’ Pogba key to Dybala deal

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: ‘Secret agent’ Pogba key to Man Utd’s Dybala deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:50 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Pogba Dybala Transfers Premier League A. Sánchez Ligue 1 Primera División Bundesliga Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window POGBA KEY TO MAN UTD’S DYBALA MOVEManchester United have lined up a move to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala and are hoping “secret agent” Paul Pogba can play a part in the move, according to the Mirror.Pogba, who joined the Old Trafford side from Juve for £89 million in the summer of 2016, played with Dybala in Turin and is said to be close friends with the 24-year-old.Jose Mourinho has now placed Dybala at the top of his summer transfer shortlist and will call upon Pogba to convince Dybala on a move to Manchester. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player BARCELONA PLOT CHRISTENSEN BIDAndreas Christensen ChelseaBarcelona are considering a bid for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to the Daily Mirror.The centre-back has usurped David Luiz as one of Antonio Conte’s most trusted lieutenants, and Ernesto Valverde is in the market to sign a world-class central defender.Barca have been monitoring Christensen since his ascent into the first team, and are keen to lure him away, with the Blues set to offer him a new deal to ward off any potential interest.SOUTHAMPTON & EVERTON BATTLE FOR WALCOTTTheo Walcott Arsenal 2017Southampton and Everton are ready to go head-to-head for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Telegraph.There is reportedly an acceptance at the club that Walcott’s time is up, and both the Saints and the Toffees are now ready to exploit the situation.The Saints, flush from their sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75 million, believe they could reignite Walcott’s faltering career, having given him his start in the 2005-06 season.Everton, meanwhile, are in the market for a Premer League goalscorer as Sam Allardyce looks to refresh his squad.BAYERN TO BEAT BARCA FOR GORETZKALeon Goretzka, Schalke, 17/18Barcelona are set to lose out to Bayern Munich in the chase for Schalke promise Leon Goretzka, according to Marca.Along with fellow Schalke star Max Meyer, the midfielder had been linked with Camp Nou as part of a long-term renewal of the engine room. Arsenal and Liverpool are also reportedly interested in Goretzka, whose contract is up at the end of the current season. The newspaper, however, assures that the youngster has already agreed to move across the Bundesliga to Allianz Arena, frustrating the Blaugrana’s hopes.RONALDO SET FOR MAN UTD RETURNCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridManchester United are watching with keen interest reports of a clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and senior Real Madrid figures, claims the Mirror .The newspaper states that the relationship between Ronaldo and Florentino Perez has broken down, leading to doubts over his future at the Bernabeu. And United would be well-placed to bring back the man who came to prominence should he refuse to continue in Spain.Ronaldo, it is claimed, has even made secret trips to England to review prospective private schools for his son in recent weeks.BAYERN TO FAIL IN KLOPP BIDJurgen Klopp LiverpoolBayern Munich believe their chances of landing Jurgen Klopp as their new manager in the summer are all but dead, according to the Daily Star.The Bundesliga giants are in search for a permanent replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked earlier in the season, and were keen on appointing the current Liverpool manager.The Anfield club’s financial backing of Klopp, however, following the club’s £75 million signing of Virgil van Dijk, is seen as a deciding factor in Bayern ending the chase.CHELSEA TO RETURN FOR BARKLEYRoss Barkley EvertonChelsea are ready to make another move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, report the Telegraph.The Blues missed out on the England international on the final day of the summer transfer window and instead signed Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater for £35 million.Antonio Conte has not been put off, however, and the Chelsea board are set to sanction the move for Barkley once the winter window opens.LIVERPOOL EYE LANZINI AS COUTINHO REPLACEMENTJurgen Klopp Philippe Coutinho LiverpoolLiverpool are ready to make a move for West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini should Philippe Coutinho’s complete his transfer to Barcelona, according to The Sun.The Brazilian looks increasingly likely to swap Anfield for Camp Nou in the coming weeks, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp marking Lanzini as his replacement.COUTINHO DEAL REVEALED BY… NIKE?Philippe Coutinho GFXBarcelona are seemingly preparing for the arrival of Philippe Coutinho as Nike appeared to confirm the Liverpool star’s signing on its website on Saturday night.Liverpool fans were left sweating when the giant sportswear manufacturer and Barcelona apparel sponsor appeared to leak the blockbuster transfer via its online store.Read the full story on Goal right here! MADRID OFFER SPURS BALE FOR KANE SWAPGareth Bale Real MadridReal Madrid are ready to offer Tottenham cash plus former Spurs star Gareth Bale in order to complete the signing of Harry Kane, according to the Daily Star .Kane has powered his way into Europe’s elite with an outstanding 2017, outscoring both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the last 12 months. And that form has put him firmly in the gaze of Madrid, who would be prepared to sacrifice the player they made the world’s most expensive ever back in 2013 by sending him back to White Hart Lane.BARCA & LIVERPOOL AGREE £125M COUTINHO FEECoutinho, Andy Robertson, LiverpoolPhilippe Coutinho is set to become the Premier League’s most expensive sale in history with a £125 million move to Barcelona, according to the Express .The Brazilian has been a target at Camp Nou for months, but the Blaugrana failed to agree terms with Liverpool over the summer.Negotiations have continued, however, and Coutinho could be lining up at Barca as early as next season if the bumper bid is accepted.JOAO MARIO SLATED AS MKHITARYAN’S REPLACEMENTJoao Mario InterInter star Joao Mario has been earmarked by Manchester United as the ideal replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to the Sun .United’s Armenian playmaker is unsettled at Old Trafford, and has been linked with Inter among other clubs. Should he move to Serie A, however, United will try and swoop for the Nerazzurri’s Portugal international in a £40 million switch.PALMEIRAS UP ASKING PRICE FOR BARCA TARGET MINAYerry Mina PalmeirasYerry Mina’s long-awaited move from Palmeiras to Barcelona has been frustrated again after the Brazilians upped their asking price, claims Sport .The Colombia defender is the subject of negotiations between the two clubs, and had been expected to move to Camp Nou for months. Barca’s offer of €2 million to bolster the initial €9m paid out as a first option last summer, however, has been flatly rejected by the Sao Paulo side.WEST HAM TOLD HOW MUCH MAWSON WILL COSTAlfie Mawson Swansea CityWest Ham will have to shell out £40 million if they wish to land Alfie Mawson from Swansea City in January, claims the  Sun . Mawson, 23, has been one of the few bright spots this season for Swansea as they battle relegation from the Premier League. The defender, therefore, will not be allowed to leave for a knockdown price due to his importance to the Swans’ basement fight.LAFC OFFERS $8.4M FOR BENFICA’S HORTAAndre Horta PortugalLAFC has made an $8.4 million bid for Benfica midfielder Andre Horta, according to A Bola . The 21-year-old is on loan with Braga, but both he and Benfica are reportedly interested in reaching an agreement that would see him move to MLS for the 2018 season. MONACO, FENERBAHCE INTERESTED IN LAWRENCEKemar Lawrence New York Red BullsMonaco, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor are interested in New York Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence, according to Turkish newspaper Gunebakis .The 25-year-old, who reportedly could yield a $2 million transfer fee, made 27 MLS appearances for the Red Bulls last season and was a key part of Jamaica’s run to the Gold Cup final.MADRID PLOT SHOCK UMTITI APPROACHSamuel Umtiti, Barcelona 17/18Real Madrid are considering a shock approach to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, claims Diario Gol .Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a new centre-back, but is wary of paying too much after seeing Liverpool spend £75 million on Virgil van Dijk.However, the €60m release clause in Umtiti’s contract makes him an attractive proposition for Perez, and he could rival Manchester City and Manchester United for the France international.CHELSEA WATCH PORTO LEFT-BACKAlex Telles PortoChelsea are watching Porto left-back Alex Telles with a view to an approach in the January transfer window, reports A Bola .Antonio Conte has been looking for extra options at left-back and has long been pursuing Juventus’ Brazil international Alex Sandro.However, Conte has now dispatched his scouts to check on Alex Sandro’s compatriot Telles, who has been impressing for Porto. 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Jakobsen: Socceroos will lose to Denmark at World Cup

first_imgAustralia Australia will lose to Denmark at World Cup, says Michael Jakobsen Goal Last updated 1 year ago 07:55 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Eriksen Denmark Getty Images Australia World Cup Australia v Honduras Republic of Ireland v Denmark Denmark The Melbourne City centre-half believes the green and gold will be no match for his country of birth in Russia Melbourne City’s Danish defender Michael Jakobsen has poured cold water on the Socceroos hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage at the World Cup in Russia.Jakobsen believes Denmark, featuring superstar Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, are tactically and technically superior to Australia and says his home nation will be too strong when the two teams meet in Samara on June 21.The Socceroos are bookies’ outsiders to get out of group C  – having been drawn alongside the Danes, France and Peru. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “You can come back later and tell me I was wrong, but in my opinion I’m quite sure that Denmark is going to win against Australia and qualify for the following round,” Jakobsen said on SEN.”The Aussies play very physical, I think it’s the same in the A-League – it’s more physical than technical and tactical.”I think that’s where Denmark can get in trouble if they start to try and match it physically with Australia.”But if it’s a technical and tactical game, Denmark will beat Australia.”Christian Eriksen, DenmarkThe 31-year-old, who earned six caps for his nation in 2009, believes the Socceroos only chance of earning an unlikely second round berth is to make every game a ‘war’.”It’s a fun group, It has one of the favourites to win the World Cup in France, and Peru, I don’t know what they are going to come with,” Jakobsen said.”Australia need to make it a war against Denmark, France and Peru.”I think that gives them the biggest chance of winning.”And that’s also what I’ve seen in some of the World Cup qualification games from Australia – they are not afraid of making it a war, fight for every ball and go in with a lot of power.”last_img read more

Hazard beats De Bruyne to Belgium POTY award

first_imgChelsea Hazard beats De Bruyne to Belgium’s ‘Devil of the Year’ award Ryan Benson 02:38 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) hazard-cropped Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Manchester United Manchester City Premier League Kevin De Bruyne Romelu Lukaku Manchester City’s talisman may be stealing the headlines in the Premier League, but fans feel the Blues star was better for his nation in 2017 Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has beaten Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne to the Devil of the Year award for his performances for Belgium in 2017.De Bruyne has played a starring role for the Premier League’s runaway leaders this season, scoring six goals and setting up another nine in 21 games, but Belgium fans believe Hazard enjoyed the better year on the international stage, as they cruised to World Cup qualification.Hazard only made five appearances for Belgium in 2017, as opposed to De Bruyne’s eight, though the Chelsea star produced several fine performances, scoring three and assisting two in those games. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player #DeviloftheYear = Eden !@hazardeden10 (10.280)@DeBruyneKev (4.710)@RomeluLukaku9 (3.223)#luminus pic.twitter.com/CTkbIPdc7M— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) January 2, 2018His outstanding displays saw him claim 10,280 votes, more than double the 4,710 that De Bruyne amassed, with Romelu Lukaku rounding off the top three with 3,223 entries.last_img read more

Conte: ‘I’ve rarely been given players I asked for’

first_imgChelsea ‘I’ve rarely been given the players I asked for’ – Conte bemoans transfer business Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:01 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) AntonioConte-cropped Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Arsenal v Chelsea Arsenal Premier League Transfers The Chelsea head coach said he tends to end up at clubs running an “austerity programme” after the Blues played to a 2-2 draw with Arsenal Antonio Conte said he does not aim high with his transfer requests and has “rarely been given the players I asked for” after the Chelsea boss was questioned about his January plans.Chelsea played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday, but the attention soon turned to the transfer window and possible signings.Reigning champions Chelsea have been linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal as Conte looks to reunite with the former Juventus star, while Monaco’s Thomas Lemar has also been mentioned. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Conte said via Sky Sport Italia: “I do not aim high with my requests, especially as in my history I’ve rarely been given the players I asked for.”I always ended up at clubs who were running an austerity programme.”I just try to do my work. If someone arrives, good, if they don’t, then that’s fine too. I have to continue my work, either way.”Chelsea are third in the Premier League, a point adrift of Manchester United and 16 behind runaway leaders Manchester City after 22 rounds.last_img read more

Valverde coy over Barca move for Coutinho

first_imgTransfers Barca boss Valverde coy over ‘great player’ Coutinho’s future Joe Wright 01:05 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Swansea Transfers Barcelona Primera División Liverpool Premier League Ernesto Valverde Ousmane Dembélé Philippe Coutinho The Liverpool midfielder is keen to finally secure his move to Camp Nou but the Blaugrana manager refused to give anything away Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says he is in the dark over whether Philippe Coutinho could join from Liverpool in the transfer window.Goal understands the Reds have softened their stance regarding whether they are willing to sell the Brazil international in January, with Coutinho himself keen to finally see a deal agreed.Barca have not yet made an offer but there is speculation that a bid worth an initial €110 million is being readied and that the deal could go through this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Valverde thinks Coutinho is “a great player” but insists he does not want to talk openly about anyone outside his own squad.”Sometimes I come in here and I learn about things that are happening; whether they’re true or not, I don’t know,” he told a news conference ahead of Barca’s Copa del Rey clash with Celta Vigo.”Coutinho plays for another team and he is a great player for that team. If he plays for Barca in the future or not, I don’t know.”I like the players I have in my team and if another one comes in the future, I’m sure he has to be a very good player, too.”Asked about Coutinho being ineligible to play in the Champions League this season if he joins Barca this month, Valverde replied: “I’ve got nothing to say about Coutinho. We respect the fact he plays for another club.”19 – Philippe Coutinho has scored 19 Premier League goals from outside the box – one more than Robbie Fowler and second only to Steven Gerrard (33) among Liverpool players. Gifted.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2017 There have also been rumours that Manchester City could look to sign Samuel Umtiti in the coming weeks, with the France international’s release clause at Barca set at a relatively modest €60m.Valverde, however, expects the centre-back to have no desire to leave Camp Nou halfway through only his second season in Spain.”I’m not worried about what clubs might or might not do. Umtiti is a great player and we expect him to stay at Barca for many more years and for him to enjoy his football with us,” he said.Samuel Umtiti Barcelona“To an extent, the buyout clause is made high so that you can’t buy the player but, as time goes by, that fee doesn’t seem so high at all.”But the player still has to want to leave. We’re very happy with Umtiti and I’m sure he’s going to stay here for a very long time.”The Catalan giants were given a boost in the build-up to Thursday’s clash with Celta, with the news that Ousmane Dembele has been cleared to return after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since September.Valverde now expects January to be an important time for the 20-year-old as he looks to kick-start his Barca career again following last August’s €105m move from Borussia Dortmund.”He’s an important member of our team. He got injured just as he was getting adapted so he really has to do that all over again,” he said.”He’s been doing that in training and now we have to see him do it in competitive matches. January will be a very important part of his adaptation process.”last_img read more

Lemar blow for Liverpool and Arsenal

first_imgTransfers Monaco deal Lemar blow to Liverpool and Arsenal Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 00:16 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thomas Lemar Monaco 2017 Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Moulins-Yzeure Foot v Monaco Liverpool v Everton Arsenal v Chelsea Monaco Arsenal Premier League Coupe de France FA Cup Thomas Lemar The boss of the Ligue 1 outfit said that his club are not in the habit of making winter sales as he also shut down the prospect of Fabinho departing Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his side will not allow Thomas Lemar to leave the club this January.The France international midfielder has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Arsenal in the coming weeks, yet the Portuguese has suggested that the 22-year-old will not be allowed to depart Stade Louis II.Additionally, Jardim indicated that Fabinho, who has been a long-term target of Manchester United, will also be thwarted if he wishes to depart over the coming weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Monaco are not in the habit of making big sales in the winter. It’s our strategy. The players understand and they know how it goes here,” Jardim told the press.Monaco, who currently lie second in the Ligue 1 standings, nine points behind Paris Saint-Germain, posted record sales in the summer.Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy both departed for Manchester City in two separate deals that totalled close to €110 million, while Kylian Mbappe was allowed to depart on loan to PSG, albeit with a buy-out clause that will see him fetch up to €180 million in the summer. Lemar and Fabinho were two players who were not allowed to depart, however, with Monaco rejecting the advances of suitors towards the duo. Lemar appeared particularly close to leaving, but Arsenal had a bid of close to €70m rebuffed by the principality side.Any deal for the winger, who has also been used as a playmaker behind Radamel Falcao this season, would likely be in excess of that sum.   Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Wenger stands by ref criticism

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger ‘surprised and shocked’ by FA charge but stands by referee criticism Ryan Benson 19:04 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) wenger-cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Nottingham Forest West Bromwich Albion Chelsea Premier League FA Cup The Arsenal boss is in trouble with the Football Association due to comments about officials in recent games but is not backing down from his stance Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stood by his criticism of Premier League referees and said he was “surprised and shocked” to be charged for approaching Mike Dean after the 1-1 draw with West Brom.Wenger has been particularly critical of officials in the last week, starting on Sunday when he was left frustrated by Dean’s decision to award West Brom a late penalty, as a Kieran Gibbs cross appeared to strike the arm of Calum Chambers.The Frenchman confronted Dean after the game and entered the referee’s changing room, with the subsequent charge – which he has until 18:00 GMT on Friday to answer – relating to his language and conduct. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger then risked further aggravating the authorities by slamming the “farcical” penalty awarded to Eden Hazard in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.It was put to Wenger in Friday’s pre-match news conference ahead of the FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest that Jack Wilshere also dived to win a penalty for Arsenal in the same game, though he insisted that was not entirely relevant.”Yes, maybe he did,” he said to reporters. “But why should that change my opinion on the penalty?”That has nothing to do to with it. Every situation is different and has to be assessed by the referee. I have my opinion, you have yours.”I’ve nothing to add, I maintain what I said. We can spend all day talking about things that aren’t important, but we want to see big games, with important players and see them refereed by top professionals.”I try to serve this game with honestly and integrity. When I have something to say, I say it.”I had a huge influence on them [referees] becoming professional, so that’s why I think I am allowed to be demanding.”Imagine, I am 21 years in the game and what I’ve seen and heard in corridors – I’m surprised and shocked to be charged.”Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will be tested in the FA Cup clash between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace on Monday, the first time it has been used in a competitive English match.And Wenger is broadly supportive of the initiative, though he wants to ensure use of technology is implemented correctly.”I have fought for the video technology for over 10 years, so I can only be positive,” Wenger said. “It can create jobs too for former referees, allowing them to continue.”But I believe it’s like every new technology, I can be positive and I’m in favour of moving forward, even if it creates problems.”It can get rid of things that have happened before. It can get many mistakes out the game, especially the offsides. After that, it depends how we use it.”last_img read more

Van Dijk revels in ‘dream’ debut

first_imgLiverpool Van Dijk revels in ‘dream’ Liverpool debut Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 06:48 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Everton Clive Brunskill Liverpool Liverpool v Everton Everton FA Cup Having become the world’s most expensive defender, the centre-back began his Reds career with the winner in a 2-1 FA Cup triumph over rival Everton Virgil van Dijk was ecstatic to mark his “dream” Liverpool debut with the winning goal in Friday’s FA Cup triumph over rivals Everton.The world’s most expensive defender, who completed his move from Southampton for £75 million earlier this month, headed in the winner six minutes from time to settle a fiery Merseyside derby at Anfield.He had earlier seen a similar chance go begging as he nodded into the arms of Jordan Pickford, but was left beaming with joy at the end as his late intervention made it 2-1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “What a night,” the Dutchman told BBC Sport.”It was thoroughly deserved, it felt amazing to be out there. The goal is very special for me and my family.”Playing at Anfield for Liverpool is a dream for every player. To score a goal is even more special.”Derby debut. Late winner. Scores in front of the Kop. pic.twitter.com/gVLG3VBnat — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 5, 2018 James Milner, who put the hosts 1-0 up from the spot after Mason Holgate was deemed to have fouled Adam Lallana, was not surprised to see Van Dijk make such an immediate impact.”It’s not an easy game to step into, but it’s the sort of game Van Dijk came here to play in,” said Milner, whose opener was cancelled out by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s second-half leveller.”They had a lot of fans, which was great and made a great atmosphere.”But that [winner from Van Dijk] is what we expect from him.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Liverpool can’t get to top without Coutinho

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Liverpool will never get back to the top by selling players like Coutinho Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:15 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(39) Philippe Coutinho Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Images Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Liverpool v Everton Liverpool v Manchester City Celta de Vigo v Barcelona Barcelona v Levante Chelsea v Barcelona Manchester City Barcelona Chelsea Premier League FA Cup UEFA Champions League Copa del Rey Primera División Opinion The Brazilian playmaker has become the latest star name to leave Anfield, with his move to Barcelona all but complete First, the congratulations.The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reckoned to have had three names in mind when drawing up his transfer plans last summer. One was Mo Salah, another was Naby Keita and the third was Virgil van Dijk.It will take three transfer windows instead of one but, by the time next season kicks off, Klopp should be able to count on all three in his line-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Liverpool’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group, have copped plenty of flak for their work in the transfer market, with the Reds seeing plenty of priority targets slip through their grasp in the seven years of FSG ownership.But here they got the job done – over and again. The deal for RB Leipzig’s Keita was a record-breaker. It improved the highest fee Liverpool ever paid for a player by around £30 million. Van Dijk’s signing bettered that by a few million more.Virgil van Dijk Liverpool LeicesterBut, like a lot of incomings at Anfield, these ones might well come with an asterisk beside them. There is a considerable section of Liverpool’s fans who cannot shake the sensation that Van Dijk and Keita are being paid for with the proceeds of Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona, which was confirmed on Saturday.And more still might ask: how long will these two and Salah be here?That is a bitter feeling to carry around. With it comes the fear that Klopp might never have his ideal squad; that while he is improving one area of the team, another area is being depleted with players seeking to depart and play their peak years somewhere else.It’s been a long time since Liverpool made any kind of impact in terms of trophy wins. Under FSG, they have a solitary League Cup to show for their efforts, in 2012. This club gorged themselves on winning decades ago but there are fans approaching middle age who might never remember the times when they were on top.Jurgen Klopp Mo SalahAnd, in the process of that regression, the club have been kicked down a tier. They currently don’t belong up there with Premier League title-winning teams like Chelsea or Manchester City and instead have become a team on the second rung who prime potential world-class talents overlook for big moves.Chelsea and Manchester City are good examples here because Liverpool have supplied those two clubs with Fernando Torres, Raul Meireles and Raheem Sterling. The first two won the Champions League with the Stamford Bridge outfit, while no-one would back against Sterling claiming his first Premier League title this season with City. The pattern is well established.Xabi Alonso left Anfield nine years ago and won domestic and European titles with Real Madrid before adding three successive Bundesliga shields at Bayern Munich.Javier Mascherano, like Alonso, might have got out just before FSG arrived but the point stands true for him too. When he moves to China this January he will not be carrying all the medals won at Barcelona; they would take him well over his baggage allowance.Luis Suarez followed his fellow South American’s path in 2014 and won a treble in his first season at Camp Nou and plenty more besides.The sight of former players – who could have peaked at Anfield – lifting trophies in other colours must be especially galling considering Liverpool have been without a championship for so long.It’s not that Liverpool’s players are not good enough to win titles, it’s just that they are better equipped to do so elsewhere. FSG have yet to prove they are willing or able to buck that trend.Whether it’s a deliberate recruitment policy by FSG – to buy low and sell high – is debatable but the truth is no other ‘big’ English team loses their stars to rivals at the rate Liverpool do.Emre Can might be next. He will go to Juventus in the summer but he will probably not even earn Liverpool a transfer fee. It won’t be long before he is boasting a Scudetto.Luis Suarez Barcelona Real MadridPhilippe Coutinho Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolAnd what of Coutinho?Barcelona are delighted that they have added the playmaker to their squad this winter. No matter that they are 14 points clear of Real Madrid, no matter that they have just recovered Ousmane Dembele for the second half of the season. They wanted him now and will pay a club record fee of €160 million to secure him.He has spent five years on Merseyside with nothing to show for them but may well have a Liga title within five months of arriving at Camp Nou.Liverpool, of course, would have preferred that he stayed until summer. They needed him for the Champions League and for their quest to re-qualify for that competition through the Premier League.Simply put, Liverpool are not going to get to the top of the Premier League and end their near 30-year title drought by selling players of his like.Klopp has spoken of the need of making his top stars want to stay. Right now, Anfield is not the ultimate destination; it is a stopover on the way to greatness for the very best.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Forest oust Arsenal in FA Cup shocker

first_imgNottingham Forest 4 Arsenal 2: Wenger suffers first third-round exit Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 01:57 1/8/18 lichaj - CROPPED Getty Images Eric Lichaj scored a stunning volley as Nottingham Forest eliminated holders Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup. Arsene Wenger lost an FA Cup third-round tie for the first time as holders Arsenal were stunned 4-2 by Nottingham Forest on Sunday.Wenger has lifted the famous trophy on seven occasions – including three of the last four years – but saw his much-changed side undone by two Eric Lichaj goals along with penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell in a classic cup tie at the City Ground.The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were all rested as Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck were afforded rare starts in an unfamiliar Arsenal XI. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Wenger’s plan backfired against a Forest side who are still without a permanent manager following the sacking of Mark Warburton last month.Lichaj’s headed opener was swiftly cancelled out by Per Mertesacker but the American restored the hosts’ advantage with a stunning volley just before half-time.Forest had a cushion when 18-year-old Brereton showed composure beyond his years to beat David Ospina from the spot following a Rob Holding foul on Matty Cash, but a late Welbeck strike threatened to make it a tense last 10 minutes for the home side.However, Gary Brazil’s men were awarded a second penalty when Mathieu Debuchy brought down Armand Traore from behind, allowing Dowell to convert from the spot, and Joe Worrall’s red card mattered little as Forest held on for a famous win.The result represents Arsenal’s first third-round defeat since they lost in a replay to Sheffield United eight months prior to Wenger’s appointment in 1996.4 – Nottingham Forest are the first team from a lower division to score 4+ goals against Arsenal in an #FACup tie since Hull City in January 1908. Thrashed.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2018Wenger’s decision to make nine changes appeared ill-judged when Lichaj ghosted into the six-yard box beyond a napping visiting defence to power home a header from Dowell’s free-kick after 20 minutes.But Wenger – serving the first match of a touchline ban following his treatment of referee Mike Dean after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with West Brom – had something to celebrate in the stands three minutes later when his side levelled.Reiss Nelson was awarded a soft free-kick on the left side of the penalty area and, after Holding headed Walcott’s delivery onto the left-hand post, Mertesacker was on hand to prod home with the outside of his left boot.Ospina had touched wide a Cash chance prior to the opener and was forced into two one-handed diving saves by the excellent Brereton before Lichaj produced a moment of magic that left the Colombian helpless.Lichaj controlled Holding’s clearing header on his chest on the edge of the box a minute before half-time and lifted a sublime volley beyond Ospina into the top-right corner.Arsenal offered little by way of a response early in the second half and Holding made a vital interception to prevent Brereton getting on the end of a dangerous Tyler Walker cross.But the teenage frontman netted the goal his performance merited in the 64th minute, with Holding rightly penalised by referee Jon Moss.Cool as you like… @benbreo sends David Ospina the wrong way to put #NFFC 3-1 in front.https://t.co/X7RHFZhY8s pic.twitter.com/BnYKbQf5ij— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) January 7, 2018The previously ineffective Welbeck made the most of a Jordan Smith mistake to side-foot home as Arsenal set up a tense finish, but Debuchy’s foul on former Gunner Traore led to the Dowell penalty that wrapped up the win.Dowell slipped as he struck the ball, but suspicions of a double touch were eventually dismissed by the officials to ratify Forest’s two-goal advantage.And, while Worrall was sent off for a tackle on Chuba Akpom and Walcott came close to pulling another one back, a poor Arsenal were beaten by the better team on the day in a result that will be an unwelcome addition to Wenger’s record. read morelast_img read more

‘Conte would be a big loss for Chelsea’

first_imgChelsea Chelsea warned Conte would be ‘big loss’ as Le Saux questions sack culture Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 18:57 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The Blues boss continues to see his future called into question, but a former defender believes those at Stamford Bridge need to find stability Antonio Conte would be a “big loss” for Chelsea if moved on in the summer, says Graeme Le Saux, with the Blues needing to end their sack culture.Premier League title success has been enjoyed at Stamford Bridge on a regular basis in recent years, but no boss has been given time in which to establish a dynasty.Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo were all moved on shortly after landing major honours, with mounting speculation suggesting that Conte will soon go the same way. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Le Saux, though, believes that the Blues need to establish stability and continuity if they are to continue challenging for big prizes in the future.The former Chelsea defender told Betfair: “To be fair, Chelsea have still been very, very successful even though they’ve had a high turnover of managers, but it doesn’t mean I agree with that because I think the nature of sport is that you can’t consistently win the league every year, so managers need time to build something over seasons not just one season.“In this climate every manager is only as good as his last six games and if you have a bad six games you’re out of a job and if you have a good six games you get another six games so it’s a very intense high turnover industry at the moment.“My worry is that players or coaches don’t really ever put down any roots and that for me isn’t good for the long-term future of any club.”On the reports suggesting that another change in the dugout could be on the cards, Le Saux added: “Conte would be a loss to Chelsea and I’ve really enjoyed him coming to the Premier League.“I think he’s brought knowledge and even entertainment and he’s the first manager to win the league playing with a back three and wing-backs and from that point of view he’s been a fantastic asset.“If he was to leave England I think it would be a big loss to the Premier League.“That’s what all the talk is about, not if but when, but we’ll obviously wait and see but from his point of view he’s going to want to prove on a weekly basis to all those people who have been saying he’s going to leave that he continues to be a winner who can get the best out of his team.”Conte is contracted to Chelsea until 2019 and has spoken of his desire to honour that agreement amid the ongoing uncertainty surrounding his future.last_img read more

Gundy Opens up on Rudolph’s Apparent Minor Injury

first_imgIn Saturday’s game, fans may have noticed that Rudolph didn’t quote look the same after his muffed pass that went as a fumble and was returned for 6 by the horns. Taking a closer look at the play, however, it appears Rudolph may have suffered a slight injury after attempting to make a tackle. (Very right side of the screen). While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. AdChoices广告Gundy spoke to the media today and addressed the very issue, acknowledging that he had something happen to his hand that had a “small little numbing effect.” It’s pretty obvious something wasn’t quite right. The next pass attempt was a complete duck as you can see below.Gundy said, ” He’s fine,” regarding Rudolphs hand. As Gundy mentioned the numbing effect, you have to hope it was just some sort of charlie horse that effected him and not something more serious.Whether he is truly fine is yet to be seen, but the fact that he finished the game would suggest the charlie horse is likely to have already subsided and should be good to go for this weekend. But with this information, it may explain the QB carousel we witnessed on Saturday in the second half.last_img read more

A Brief History: The Best OSU-Kansas State Performances of the Gundy Era

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Here are the top 20 passing, rushing, and receiving games in the OSU/K-State series during the Gundy era. All of these are sorted by yards in each category.QuarterbacksScreen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.06.48 AMRunning backsScreen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.06.55 AMReceiversScreen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.07.01 AMlast_img read more

Kick Time, Television Details Announced for Homecoming

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State will be off this weekend for a much needed BYE week and rest, but TV times and details have already been set for the Oct. 24 matchup against Kansas.The game will air on Fox Sports 1, and is slated to start at 2:30PM the Big 12 conference announced on Monday.#Big12FB: Times & TV information for week eight/October 24 games. pic.twitter.com/RxopTB1G0X— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 12, 2015The series between the Jayhawks and Cowboys is tied at 14-14-2 in games played in Stillwater, however they have not won in Stillwater since 2007.AdChoices广告last_img read more

The Best of Social Media from Saturday

first_imgJust Win Walsh. That’s what the J.W. stands for, right?— Yves Batoba (@YBatoba) October 24, 2015 Heard the tragic news at Oklahoma State , I’m praying for you down here— Ty Hill (@cheetah) October 24, 2015 @pistolsguy they’re a C League team that accidentally signed up for A League— Eric Williams (@Super_EWilliams) October 24, 2015 Pleasing run game is pleasing.— Evan Epstein (@EvanEpstein60) October 24, 2015 #okstate David Glidden takes a moment before #osuvskan pic.twitter.com/wg0CU27gek— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) October 24, 2015 All the chop blocks— Cowboys Ride For Free (@CowboysRFF) October 24, 2015 Taylor Cornelius the VIII smiles for no man. #Okstate pic.twitter.com/CO3zGfYqAn— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 24, 2015 Here’s the best of social media from Oklahoma State’s big win over Kansas on Saturday:Moment of silence before the game to honor the victims in today’s tragedy. #okstate #stillwaterstrong pic.twitter.com/FNNHlX4Tn3— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) October 24, 2015 Loving some of blocking I’m seeing in Stillwater today. They needed a confidence builder— Sam Mayes (@AllmericanMayes) October 24, 2015 WashingtONEHANDED— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) October 24, 2015 7-0, you say? https://t.co/yU2hBLiThx— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 24, 2015 Via /u/n8bgr8, #Kansas is getting a feel for the game pic.twitter.com/qIvpV5Z02E— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 24, 2015 Gundy should name his next son Miketavious.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 24, 2015 Oklahoma State is just chillin’ under the radar, undefeated. Two more road games. Baylor, TCU, and OU in Stillwater. ??— Yves Batoba (@YBatoba) October 24, 2015 Beautiful sunset in Stillwater after a difficult day. pic.twitter.com/IaEDFq3sPw— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) October 24, 2015 God Bless Stillwater. #StillwaterStrong #okstate pic.twitter.com/7ALO7KhMNM— Joel Wilson (@JoelWilson4) October 25, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Jhajuan Seales Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jhajuan Seales was charged early Sunday morning with driving under the influence and open container, and the junior wide receiver pleaded not guilty on Thursday in the Payne County District Court.According to reports, Seales reportedly asked the officer if “he could just pay for it [The DUI] on Sunday.last_img read more

Players React to Dramatic Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgAfter falling behind 17 points (twice!) on Saturday, the Cardiac Cowboys came from behind to pull out an impressive road win in Lubbock. Here’s what some of the players had to say after the win:I’ve never been part of a team with this much character and will to win! Lots of work still ahead but what a start 8-0 #GoPokes ??— Victor Irokansi (@CoachVic_) October 31, 2015 I’m proud of my bros!! We responded!#8-?— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) November 1, 2015 Pokes are 8-0, love this team! #StillwaterStrong— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) November 1, 2015 That was fun 8-0— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) November 1, 2015 What a game! God is good!? 8-0— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) November 1, 2015https://twitter.com/JOwens903/status/660615349902028800How does it feel to be 8-0? This post game pic says it ALL! I love coaching these guys! @Jaws_47 @Jseaton44 @zveatch pic.twitter.com/5CqXnsSvV5— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) November 1, 2015 The most exciting team to watch.. 8-0 #TGBTG— Ryan Simmons (@RS_52) October 31, 2015AdChoices广告 Austin Hays for Heisman @AustinHays5— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) November 1, 2015https://twitter.com/JMElias47/status/660615889121742849Great team win all this team does is fight! The pokes are 8-0 and headed home to Stillwater! Back in BPS next weekend— Zachary Crabtree (@zcrabs) November 1, 2015https://twitter.com/JMElias47/status/6606161591846133768-0…. Guys play hard for each other! #team pic.twitter.com/stHNasqrgh— Joe Bob Clements (@joebobclements) November 1, 2015 8-? #StillwaterStrong— Jordan Burton™ (@bighit20) November 1, 2015 Very proud of my youngsters! They stepped in big when we needed them to! @Jbrailford2 @JOwens903— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) November 1, 2015 8-0. Enough said. #OnToTheNext— Kevin Peterson (@Pistol_Peterson) November 1, 2015https://twitter.com/Mattmucha78/status/660628281612328960 No team I’d rather be in a dog fight with than this one. Love all my brothers and the poke nation! 8-0 #Okstate #GoPokes ??— Zac Veatch (@zveatch) November 1, 2015 8-?— The People’s Champ (@GyasiAkem) November 1, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Where Will Oklahoma State be Ranked in Tuesday’s CFB Playoff Rankings?

first_imgLong also promised us that the schedule would show out which teams in the Big 12 were good.“These teams, TCU and Baylor in particular, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to a lesser degree, they have their strength of schedule in front of them. We rank to this point in time, and those teams just haven’t played their strong teams yet. We’ll see how they stack up as we get closer to the end of the season.”So how high does OSU jump? I think this is what the top 10 will look like.1. Clemson (and it’s deserved)2. Alabama (and I guess it’s deserved)3. Ohio State (and it’s not deserved … at all)4. Notre Dame (at Pitt is a good win)5. Baylor (at KSU is a good win)6. LSU (this is going to sting, isn’t it?)7. Oklahoma State (TCU is the second-best win of any team all year — the following tweet was sent before the Bama-LSU game)There is only one team in college football with a win over an A.P. top five opponent this year. That team is #okstate— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 8, 2015 8. Iowa (at Indiana is a fine win, nothing to get excited about)9. Stanford (at Colorado is fine)10. Florida (squeaking by Vandy at home is not impressive but wins are wins)So there you go. Oklahoma State is going to be behind three (!) one-loss teams when the rankings come out tonight. I’m forewarning you given that this is a power ranking and not a resume evaluation. And if top four win out, that will be your playoff (even if a Big 12 team goes 12-0). How crazy would that be?Be prepared to be disappointed. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.center_img I’m sure all of this will be reasonable and go perfectly, right?The second CFB Playoff ranking of 2015 will be released on Tuesday night and Oklahoma State will be a much bigger factor than last week when it was ranked No. 14.One thing I want to address before we get to where OSU could be ranked. The powers that be in college football (i.e. ESPN) are sort of brilliant for creating this madness. Think about it, we are watching a television show in the middle of November that tells us how good or bad our team is and we all care and become really emotional thereafter.AdChoices广告That’s pretty hilarious.College football has figured out how to let the games be decided on the field and yet keeps the buzz created as if they aren’t. If the sport went to a simple “win your conference and you’re in” formula, it would just be a worse version of the NFL. So as much as I hate it, I also love it.Anyway, where will OSU be ranked?Let’s look at the top 15 from last week and what they did on Saturday.1. Clemson (beat FSU at home)2. LSU (lost at Alabama)3. Ohio State (beat Minnesota at home)4. Alabama (beat LSU at home)5. Notre Dame (won at Pittsburgh)6. Baylor (won at Kansas State)7. Michigan State (lost at Nebraska)8. TCU (lost at Oklahoma State)9. Iowa (won at Indiana)10. Florida (beat Vandy at home)11. Stanford (won at Colorado)12. Utah (won at Washington)13. Memphis (lost at home to Navy)14. Oklahoma State (beat TCU)15. Oklahoma (beat Iowa State)I’ve been housing the selection committee for being a power ranking organization rather than a resume evaluation organization, but it turns out, a power ranking organization is exactly what they are. Here’s their mission statement as it relates to selection the College Football Playoff per their website.The committee’s task will be to select the best teams, rank the teams for inclusion in the playoff and selected other bowl games and then assign the teams to sites.So why even play the games? Just say, “well, we think Ohio State, Alabama, LSU and USC are the best teams this year, let’s just skip ahead to the playoff.” I digress, though.Last week, selection committee chairman Jeff Long basically said the Big 12 doesn’t play any defense.“I think it’s the balance of the team. We have teams that are just one-sided offensive teams or one-sided, really strong defensive teams. That combination of offense and defense. How they’ve played offensively and defensively in those games. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to judge…”Well, the committee is going to have an issue now. Because TCU could only muster 29 on OSU on Saturday. The first time it had been held under 30 since the first game and the first time in conference play since 2013. This is the same TCU that hung 42 on precious Ole Miss in its bowl game last season. Also, there’s this.The OSU defense is holding opponents well below their points/drive average: pic.twitter.com/03GENd0ShY— Oklahoma State Stats (@OSUStats) November 8, 2015last_img read more