Alexandre Lacazette tips Matteo Guendouzi to become world-class after sparkling Arsenal form

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi has made an eye-catching start to the Premier League season (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has hailed Matteo Guendouzi for his performances this season and believes the Arsenal youngster has what it takes to become one of the best midfielders in the world.Guendouzi has been a fixture in Unai Emery’s line-up since joining Arsenal from FC Lorient in 2018 and has started all eight of the club’s Premier League fixtures so far this season.The 20-year-old was rewarded for his form by being named Arsenal’s Player of the Month for September and Lacazette believes his ‘younger brother’ in north London deserved his award. Comment Advertisement Advertisement Lacazette and Guendouzi have an excellent relationship off the pitch (Picture: Getty)‘He is like the younger brother [in the friendship group with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang]!’ Lacazette said. ‘We all really have a good relationship, we like to work and to laugh together so it’s really good.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m really happy for Matteo, he played really well, he helped the team when we needed him, he is really improving each season so we are all really happy with his performances this month.‘We can see that every top midfielder in the world is like this [demanding the ball and being brave in possession]. They all want to take the ball.‘Matteo has a good ambition, he wants to be one of the best players in his position so every day he is trying to be the best and this month he showed that he can be.’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 ArsenalGuendouzi has made more tackles (16) and passes (461) than any other player in Arsenal’s squad so far this season highlighting his influential displays in midfield.His promising performances in Emery’s engine room also led to a call-up to Didier Deschamps’ France squad last month although he remains uncapped at senior international level.Lacazette, meanwhile, has been sidelined since the beginning of September with an ankle injury but he has returned to training ahead of Monday’s clash against Sheffield United.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Alexandre Lacazette tips Matteo Guendouzi to become world-class after sparkling Arsenal form Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Oct 2019 6:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShareslast_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil exit ‘saddest moment of my career,’ says Neymar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Neymar has expressed his disappointment after Brazil were sent crashing out of the World Cup on Friday following a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in the quarter-finals in Russia.“I can say it is the saddest moment of my career, the pain is great because we knew we could get there, we know we had a chance to go far, to make history… But it wasn’t to be this time,” he wrote in an Instagram post.Brazil were stunned in Friday night’s match in Kazan, finding themselves 2-0 at half-time and unable to find a comeback in the second half, despite a goal by substitute Renato Augusto.The disappointment freshens up the bad memory of Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 loss against Germany in the semi-finals four years ago, when they hosted the tournament.They played that match without Neymar, who had been stretchered off in the quarter-final win over Colombia with a fractured vertebrae.He came to Russia having only just returned from an operation on a fractured bone in his foot in early March.“It is difficult to find the strength to want to go back out and play football, but I am certain that God will give me sufficient strength to face up to anything,” Neymar added.“Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of everyone. They interrupted our dream but they have not taken it from our heads or our hearts.”The forward, who became the world’s most expensive player when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last year for 222 million euros ($264 million), will be 30 by the time the next World Cup comes around in Qatar in 2022.Brazil have now been knocked out in the quarter-finals at three of the last four tournaments since winning the World Cup for the fifth time, in Japan in 2002.The Brazil squad were due to leave Russian soil on Saturday afternoon on a flight to Madrid, before carrying on to Rio de Janeiro, where they are due to arrive in the early hours of Sunday. last_img read more


first_imgA young Letterkenny woman has taken it upon herself to complete the Paris Half-Marathon with the aim of increasing awareness about mouth cancer.Aoife CannonAoife Cannon is in her fifth and final year of Dentistry in the University of Dundee, Scotland.The Donegal runner will undertake the run whilst raising money for The Ben Walton Trust The charity that does a lot of great work raising awareness about mouth cancer, funding research and encouraging appropriate palliative care.Aoife said “I have been heavily involved in ‘Mouth Cancer Awareness Week’ and in particular the ‘Ben Walton Trust’ throughout my five years of university. This year I’ve decided to take positive action myself. Not many people have heard about oral cancer however worldwide it is the sixth most common cancer with new numbers rising each year. Because of late diagnosis, the 5 year survival rate is only about 50%! Early detection is vital!“I want to make people aware of the signs and symptoms whilst raising money for a great cause. Signs and symptoms’ include: ulcers that do not heal, red, white or mixed patches in the mouth, lumps and persistent soreness – remember most oral conditions are not cancerous!“Traditional risk factors include smoking, regular high alcohol intake, poor diet and poor oral hygiene. To reduce your risk you should have regular dental checks, look after your oral health and if in doubt, check it out with a dentist or doctor and have it referred to a specialist department of a hospital with experience of treating oral cancer. I am running the Paris Half Marathon on the 8th of March 2015 alongside another dental student, Tory Lawson. We have been training hard over the past few months – not even the cold Scottish elements could dampen our spirits. Our motto is: Beat our Times – Beat Oral Cancer!!” Please check out my JustGiving Page if you wish to make a donation: LETTERKENNY WOMAN TO TACKLE PARIS HALF-MARATHON FOR A GREAT CAUSE was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aoife CannonletterkennyParis half-marathonlast_img read more

Why Stephen Curry is ripping his fellow NBA players

first_imgIt takes a lot for Stephen Curry to criticize anyone, let alone a fellow NBA player. But that’s what the Warriors star did Tuesday on social media after seeing teammate Draymond Green was voted the league’s most overrated player.Green was actually tied with Thunder star Russell Westbrook as the NBA’s most overrated player in The Athletic’s anonymous poll of players. “Who are these 109 players??????” Curry asked on an Instagram post. “Can’t be anybody that’s actually touched the floor and been …last_img

Muzhingi claims Comrades hat-trick

first_imgRussia’s Irina Vishnevskaya claimed sixth place, with Britain’s Elizabeth Hawker in seventh. South Africans picked up the remaining top 10 spots through Adinda Kruger, Kerry Koen, and Riana van Niekerk. Her twin sister, Olesya, claimed second, 23 seconds behind Elena, with third place going to the American Kami Semick, a World Cup winner over 100 kilometres in 2009. Zimbabwe’s Chasara Masiyatsva claimed sixth place, with South Africans Ludwick Mamobolo, Charles Tjiane, Brian Zondi, and Mncedisi Mkhize filling the remaining places in the top 10. The 2011 race drew 19 617 starters, making it the third largest entry in its long history. Took chargeThe miner from Limpopo pushed the pace over the second half of the race, but paid for his efforts at the business end of proceedings as Muzhingi took charge 14 kilometres from the end. WOMENElena Nurgalieva (Rus) 6:24.11Olesya Nurgalieva (Rus) 6:24.35Kami Semick (USA) 6:26.24 Ellie Greenwood (GBR) 6:32.46Farwa Mentoor (RSA) 6:35.49Irina Vishnevskaya (Rus) 6:42.07Elizabeth Hawker (GBR) 6:48.28Adinda Kruger (RSA) 6:49.01Kerry Koen (RSA) 6:56.20Riana van Niekerk (RSA) 6:56.38 Swedish novice Jonas Buud, the winner of the Swiss Alpine Marathon for the past four years and the Swedish record holder over 100 miles, made his first Comrades Marathon attempt a memorable one by finishing fourth. Sixth victoryRussia’s Elena Nurgalieva claimed her sixth Comrades Marathon victory, but it was, she admitted afterwards, her toughest win yet. 30 May 2011 Matshipa finished in 5:34.29, a long way ahead of third placed Claude Moshiywa, who finished seventh in 2010. Moshiywa crossed the line in 5:42:05 to give South Africa two men on the podium. Her winning time of six hours, 24 minutes and 11 seconds was also her slowest winning time yet and well off her up run record of 6:09.23. To compound matters, she also had to deal with taking a tumble 27 kilometres into the race.center_img Zimbabwe’s Stephen Muzhingi followed up his two down run victories with an up run victory in the 86th running of the Comrades from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. With his win, he became the first man in 23 years to claim the title in three successive years. Fifth place went to Gift Kelehe, the brother of 2001 champion Andrew Kelehe. MENStephen Muzhingi (Zim) 5:32.45Fanie Matshipa (RSA) 5:34.29Claude Moshiywa (RSA) 5:42.05Jonas Buud (Swe) 5:42.44Gift Kelehe (RSA) 5:43.59Chasara Masiyatsva (Zim) 5:44.33Ludwick Mamobolo (RSA) 5:50.17Charles Tjiane (RSA)5:50.46Brian Zondi (RSA), 5:51.08Mncedisi Mkhize (RSA) 5:51.17 The last man to achieve the feat was Bruce Fordyce, known as “the Comrades King”, who won the race eight times in a row, from 1981 to 1988, then sat out 1989 before returning in 1990 to add his ninth and last win. Muzhingi crossed the finishing line in five hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds to record a comfortable victory over South Africa’s Fanie Matshipa, who had placed fourth last year. MilestoneIt was a milestone performance for Mentoor, who became the first woman to win 10 gold medals. TOP FINISHERS Canadian-based British runner Ellie Greenwood, the winner of the 100 kilometre World Championship in Gibraltar in November, finished fourth, just over three minutes ahead of the first South African, Farwa Mentoor. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

11-million jobs: Zuma calls for teamwork

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan has set the ambitious target of creating 11-million jobs by 2030, which will require teamwork to get the economy growing at a rate of more than 5% a year, says President Jacob Zuma.Delivering his State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma said South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth was expected to average 2.5% in 2013, down from 3.1% the previous year – and half the minimum 5% growth rate required to create 11-million jobs by 2030.“In my last meeting with the business community, the sector indicated that for the economy to grow threefold, we must remove certain obstacles.“We will engage business, labour and other social partners in pursuit of solutions. No single force acting individually can achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves.”Zuma said the National Development Plan (NDP), the country’s vision for the next 20 years, contained proposals for tackling the problems of poverty, inequality and unemployment, while outlining interventions to put the economy on a better footing.Youth unemploymentNoting that just over a third of the population was under the age of 15, Zuma said that South Africa, like many other countries, was faced with a crisis of youth unemployment.“Last May I asked constituencies at Nedlac to discuss youth employment incentives. I am pleased that discussions have been concluded and that agreement has been reached on key principles. The parties will sign the accord later this month,” Zuma said.These incentives would add to what the government was already doing to empower young South Africans, Zuma said, noting that state-owned companies provided apprenticeships and learnerships and urging that these be increased.Appeal to the private sectorZuma also appealed to the private sector “to absorb 11 000 FET [Further Education and Training college] graduates who are awaiting placements” – equivalent to the number of young people that the government had enrolled in various training programmes under its National Rural Youth Services Corps.The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, which runs this Corps, was also planning to create nine Rural Youth Hubs per province, including in the 23 poorest districts in the country.“We will also use the Expanded Public Works Programme and the Community Work programme to absorb young people,” Zuma said, adding: “Working together we will find a solution to youth unemployment.”Regarding small business – recognised as key for job creation in the country – Zuma said a key project for the Presidency currently was to get government departments to pay small businesses within 30 days.“Departments are required to submit monthly reports so that we can monitor progress in this regard,” Zuma said, adding: “We have taken a decision that accounting officers who fail to execute this directive should face consequences.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more