Arsenal confident of signing Chalrton star Joe Aribo to kick-off summer spending

first_imgArsenal confident of signing Chalrton star Joe Aribo to kick-off summer spending Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Mar 2019 7:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link277Shares Joe Aribo is a target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are hopeful of concluding a deal for Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo to get their summer spending spree underway.The 22-year-old has scored six goals in 22 appearances for the Addicks this term and the Gunners are convinced by the midfielder’s potential.Aribo’s contract expires at the end of the season after lengthy negotiations with Charlton resulted in him turning down an offer to stay at the Valley.That means Arsenal would only need to pay a small compensation fee to the Addicks to sign Aribo and the midfielder is likely to jump at the chance to move to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Aribo has scored six times in 22 appearances this term (Picture: Getty)Aribo had been keen to stay at the Valley but Charlton withdrew their opening offer and offered him reduced terms when they returned with a second offer, according to the Mirror.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s level of spending this summer is likely to be dictated by the club’s ability to qualify for the Champions League.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 ArsenalThe Gunners are currently in the coveted fourth spot and are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Their budget could be boosted to around £80m if they qualify for the Champions League, whereas it’s likely to be around £45-50m without it.MORE: Rio Ferdinand wants Reiss Nelson and Phil Foden in England squad next Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola speaks out on Mikel Arteta after Arsenal talks

first_imgArteta sat alongside Guardiola as Man City beat Arsenal on Sunday (AFP via Getty Images)Q) If Arteta goes, what will you do?Guardiola: ‘The organisation, the staff, the club, is always alive. It’s not a position that always stays like it was today.‘Maybe tomorrow the people will not be here. Now he’s part of our group and our staff and [he will] stay here.‘When we have new news I will know it and you will know it and after we will know what happens.‘Now he’s here, he’ll travel with us, he trained today, prepared the training session and the game.’ Pep Guardiola has spoken out on Mikel Arteta’s likely move to Arsenal (Man City)Pep Guardiola admits Mikel Arteta has been ‘transparent and honest’ with him after the Spaniard held talks with Arsenal on Sunday.Metro.co.uk understands that the Gunners are confident of reaching an agreement with Arteta this week after the two parties held talks after Manchester City’s 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend.Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy held talks with Arteta at his home and the 37-year-old is now expected to be appointed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor.Arteta has taken City’s training session as usual this week but Guardiola admits he is unsure when his assistant will finally leave to join Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBelow are the questions Guardiola answered about Arteta’s situation during his press conference on Tuesday…Q) Any update on Arteta’s situation?Guardiola: ‘No, I know what you know.’ Advertisement Comment Pep Guardiola speaks out on Mikel Arteta after Arsenal talks Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Dec 2019 2:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link507Shares Mikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Q) Have you seen him?Guardiola: ‘Today I saw him yes.’Q) Will he be part of the game against Oxford?Guardiola: ‘He’s travelling, yes.’Q) What makes him such a good coach?Guardiola: ‘Because we were so smart to pick him up, and after the other clubs want him.’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 CityQ) What are his qualities?Guardiola: ‘I’ve said many times, he’s an incredible person, a good manager, work ethic, that’s why he’s with us.’Q) Will he stay or go?Guardiola: ‘He’s talking with Arsenal so I don’t know what’s going to happen.’Q) Were you aware of Arteta’s meeting before the pictures were released?Guardiola: ‘Yes. I knew it, yes.’Q) Any advice for him?Guardiola: ‘Nothing, he’s an adult, he knows exactly what he has to do.‘He was incredibly transparent and honest with me.’ Arteta spent five years as a player at Arsenal (Getty Images)Q) A club the size of Arsenal going for Arteta?Guardiola: ‘It happens, last season we had Lee Nobes [City’s former head physio] here then he went to Liverpool.‘Now it’s happened with Mikel that teams want him.‘He knows exactly what we want, what we would like but in the end the final decision is individual, it’s personal.‘He’s still here because he wants to be.‘We decided to work together three years ago, what happened in the last few days I don’t know, honestly. I would like Mikel to be here, he can explain better than me.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Joe Maddon doesn’t want Angels pitchers taking aim at the Astros

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Reliever Luke Bard was recalled to take Sandoval’s roster spot.TEXAS TIMEThe Angels-Astros game starts at 6:10 p.m. Friday because of an MLB guideline for 2020 designed to help with the TV audiences in the American League West, which is the only division that has teams two time zones apart.When Texas teams play on the West Coast, the games start at least an hour earlier than normal, and when West Coast teams play in Texas, the night games start an hour later than they normally would. The idea is to make it easier for the road team’s fans to watch the games in prime time. Stassi, who also had hip surgery after the season, reworked his swing with hitting coaches Jeremy Reed and John Mallee. Maddon said now he doesn’t see a hitter who looks like he had a .167 average in 2019.“Well, it’s completely different than what he’s used to because he’s closed, he’s short and direct to the ball, they’ve gotten rid of him laying the bat down, now he’s more direct, the barrel is staying up above his hands, and wow,” Maddon said. “The other day, he fouled off a ball straight back at Oakland and it was an A-hack. He’s taken nothing but A-hacks. All I know is what I’m seeing right now, I like a lot.”McNAMARA DIESJohn McNamara, who managed the Angels and was better known for managing the Boston Red Sox during the 1986 World Series, died Tuesday, his family told the Associated Press. McNamara was 88. The cause of death was not known.McNamara managed the Angels in 1983-84, his fourth of six managerial jobs. The Angels were 161-191 in his two years.He also managed the Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds prior to taking over the Angels. After the Angels, he managed the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.He is best known for being the Red Sox manager when they lost the 1986 World Series, despite having a lead in the ninth inning of Game 6 with a chance to clinch. That was the game in which Bill Buckner famously made an error that allowed the New York Mets to score the winning run.SANDOVAL DOWNThe Angels optioned Patrick Sandoval to their reserve squad in Long Beach a day after he pitched four innings in a victory over the Seattle Mariners.The Angels have an off day Monday, so they can skip Sandoval’s spot in the rotation. Also, Julio Teheran could be ready to rejoin the rotation as soon as next Tuesday, which would knock Sandoval down to No. 7 on the depth chart.Related Articles Kelly was suspended for eight games, which is more than 10% of the 60-game season. Kelly has appealed the suspension.The Angels are lined up to have Matt Andriese, Griffin Canning and Shohei Ohtani start the three games against the Astros.BIG IMPROVEMENTMax Stassi has three hits already this season, which is the same as he had in 42 at-bats with the Angels after he was acquired in a July 31 trade last year.Stassi, who hit a three-run homer Tuesday, said he retooled his swing over the winter to simplify it, a decision that was easy as as looking up at the scoreboard and seeing his batting average.“I mean, last year was terrible offensively,” Stassi said. “I mean, there’s no other way to put it. I battled a few things physically. That kind of turned into mentally and then my swing mechanically was off.” ANAHEIM — The Astros are coming to Angel Stadium this weekend for their first games against the Angels since news of their sign-stealing scandal broke last year.Despite the pandemic and the lack of fans to boo the Astros, major-league players clearly haven’t forgotten, a point made obvious when Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly incited a bench-clearing incident by throwing behind Alex Bregman on Tuesday.Angels Manager Joe Maddon said he’s aware some Angels pitchers might have hard feelings, but he’s encouraged them to think carefully about how they react.“We’ve talked about playing baseball, straight up,” Maddon said Wednesday. “That’s what I’m anticipating. That’s all I’m looking for. What happened yesterday, if you were immediately impacted by (the sign stealing), I could get it a little bit. But then you saw the commissioner’s response, regarding what happened. So you got to choose the method you want to incorporate, and I would prefer that we just go play baseball.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more