Arsene Wenger reveals how Thierry Henry reacted to Monaco sack

first_imgHenry only won five matches and failed to get Monaco out of the relegation zone (Getty)‘I called Thierry when it was bad, I encouraged him not to let go,’ Wenger revealed at a night in his honour at the Olympia Hall in Paris on Monday night, according to L’Equipe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When he was removed from his duties I tried to call but, hey… he experienced a form of mourning. I suggested to his agent to organise a meal with 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 City‘For now he is still in a painful period, but he promised me that, when he is ready, we would do it.’Wenger spent 22 years in charge of Arsenal and has yet to find a new challenge since leaving the Emirates, though he says he is still considering a return to management. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Apr 2019 9:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link463Shares Advertisement Wenger was a special guest at the Coupe de la Ligue final over the weekend (Getty)He continued: ‘I have a form of sadness. I miss the competition because I have only done that in my life. I enjoy having free time – walking around Paris, going to Corsica, taking time for myself – but I miss the adrenaline.’Wenger also distanced himself from a role at PSG and hinted at taking charge of a national team: ‘Maybe, but if it is to happen, it will have to be before the World Cup.’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 Arsenal The former Arsenal striker did not take his dismissal well (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has revealed that Thierry Henry was in a ‘form of mourning’ after getting sacked by Monaco and declined an invitation to have dinner with his old Arsenal manager.Henry was dismissed after just 20 games in charge of the Ligue 1 side, with predecessor Leonardo Jardim returning to the club in January and quickly guiding them out of the relegation zone.Wenger had offered support to Henry during his brief reign in charge and reached out to him when he was sacked, though the former striker was not ready to see his old boss.center_img Arsene Wenger reveals how Thierry Henry reacted to Monaco sack Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Angels 2018 spring training primer: Bullpen

first_imgMOVES THEY COULD MAKEGreg Holland is the only experienced closer left on the free agent market, coming off a season in which he had 41 saves for the Rockies. General Manager Billy Eppler’s success in getting quality relievers for nothing would seem to indicate that he’s not going to spend big money for any reliever, though. Expect Eppler to be looking for values as spring training approaches. The Angels also need one or two relievers with options. As their staff stands at the moment, Middleton is the only reliever with options who is expected to make the team. As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster by looking at different position groups. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. This week, the bullpen:2017 RECAPThe Angels’ bullpen outperformed expectations, posting a 3.92 ERA, which was good for fifth in the American League. They did this thanks mostly to a group of pitchers who came out of nowhere to have outstanding seasons. Bud Norris (19 saves), Blake Parker (2.54 ERA), Yusmeiro Petit (2.76) and David Hernandez (2.23 ERA before a trade) were arguably the four best relievers, and the Angels acquired all four for essentially nothing. Keynan Middleton (3.86) also came up for his big league debut and at times looked like a long-term piece of the late-inning bullpen mix.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWNorris and Petit left as free agents and Hernandez was traded midseason, leaving Parker as the best returning reliever. The closer when the season ended last year, Parker looks to be first in line for that job heading into 2018. Cam Bedrosian, who looked like a closer-in-waiting a year ago, missed most of 2017 with a groin injury, but the Angels hope if he’s healthy he can return to his 2016 form. The Angels still have Middleton and lefty Jose Alvarez, who had his third straight season with an ERA under 4.00. Late in the season the Angels acquired Noe Ramirez and Blake Wood on waivers, and they each made an impression in limited action, mostly because of high strikeout rates. JC Ramirez could also find himself in the bullpen mix, particularly as a multi-inning reliever, if he’s not in the rotation. To that mix they’ve added Jim Johnson (trade with Braves). Johnson, a former All-Star who had back-to-back 50-save seasons with the Orioles, was effective as recently as 2016. The Angels believe they’ve uncovered some ideas to help him regain his form after a 5.56 ERA in 2017.THE NEXT LAYEREduardo Paredes made his major league debut last year, showing the stuff and durability to potentially become a Petit-like multi-inning reliever. The Angels also believe Felix Pena (trade with Cubs) could work into that role. Dayan Diaz, who the Angels claimed on waivers from the Astros in September 2017, has a career 2.41 ERA in the minors. All three of them have options, so they are each likely to shuttle between the majors and minors this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Reds’ Yasiel Puig addresses trade rumors: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen’

first_imgYasiel Puig is focused on his performance on the field.The Reds are reportedly considering moving the 28-year-old outfielder before this week’s deadline. Puig was asked about the rumors when he met with reporters Tuesday before Cincinnati’s game against the Pirates. MLB trade rumors: Braves interested in Reds’ Yasiel Puig Puig spent the first six years of his MLB career with the Dodgers before he was sent to the Reds in a December trade.The Braves are reportedly interested in acquiring Puig while the Reds could also move starter Tanner Roark. “When I’m going into each AB, (I’m) looking for something I can hit, something in the zone that I can make contact (with),” Puig said earlier this month about his approach this season, via Cincinnati.com. “In the first couple of weeks, I go into there to try to get hits and swing at every ball. Now, I slowed down myself, try to put the ball in play and that’s helped me out a lot.”center_img MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Phillies among teams interested in starter Tanner Roark “I try to do my job,” Puig said, via Cincinnati.com. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with that. I don’t know if I’m going to stay here or if I’m going to the teams that need (me). I’m happy here with my teammates. I enjoy hanging out here with my teammates, but at the end of the day, this is part of the job and business.”Puig is slashing .255/.305/.480 with 22 home runs and 60 RBIs in 99 games with Cincinnati this season. He has also scored 51 runs and stolen 13 bases. Related Newslast_img read more

Giants’ Prize Free Agents Ready

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Free-agent prizes Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon Harrison are ready to get down to the business of rebuilding the Giants’ defense.Reflecting on their comments March 10 after they officially signed their monstrous free-agent contracts, Jenkins has more work ahead than the others in justifying the $204.25 million combined outlay General Manager Jerry Reese made for them.The former Rams cornerback described his best quality as his ability to create turnovers in man-to-man coverage. But it was his brutally honest depiction of his greatest weakness that might have brought a small gasp from Reese, whose five-year, $62.5 million offer kicked off his Day 1 spending spree.“I can say to myself, ‘Improve on stop being lazy at the end of games,’ ” Jenkins said. Gulp.Jenkins then explained that his focus occasionally wandered as the clock ran down. It is a tendency he can ill-afford as he and fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie work to improve a secondary whose late-game performance cost the Giants five fourth-quarter leads in 2015.“Instead of just relaxing, thinking about the ball not coming to my side, you know, and focusing more on the game. It’s just a mind thing. It’s easy to control. Playing on this level, some things are going to happen.“You’ve just got to improve, man.”Vernon, now the highest-paid defensive lineman in the league with a five-year, $85.5 million deal that includes $52 million of guaranteed money, said he was excited about forming a rejuvenated pass rush with linemates Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Hankins, and Harrison. The defensive end who had 7 ½ sacks last year knew full well that the Giants’ 23 sacks ranked dead last in 2015.“Last year wasn’t what was expected to be,” he said. “That’s not the Giants’ standard. That’s not the Giants’ way. “From what I remember, they’ve always been stout.”Pierre-Paul, along with former Giants safety Antrel Rolle, was actually one of the people who persuaded Vernon to sign with the Giants.“I could just tell how he spoke,” Vernon said of Pierre-Paul, ” he’s a man trying to get (back to relevance). I’m trying to be a part of that.”While Vernon hones his pass rush and Jenkins tightens his focus, the 350-pound Harrison said he expects to form an impenetrable middle against the run with the 320-pound Hankins. Taken as a unit, the pair represents 670 pounds of space-eating ability.“We just have to do our jobs to the best of our abilities, and complement and work off each other,” Harrison said. “It’ll be fun with me and Big Hank in the middle.”As for leaving the Jets’ 3-4 alignment, where he played directly over the center, for the Giants’ 4-3, the defensive tackle anticipated a flawless transition.“The 3-4 and the 4-3 are actually similar, except for the outside linebackers,” Harrison said. “You play the exact same positions. It’s just the defensive ends are in, and you have linebackers.”The free-agent trio is tasked with pulling the Giants’ defense out of the rankings cellar, and no one understood that better than Harrison after he signed his five-year, $46.5 million contract.“They invested a lot in me, and I know they’re expecting a lot out of me,” he said. “That alone is motivation to help the franchise get back.”Later, the Giants agreed to terms with linebacker Keenan Robinson, late of the Redskins.(ERNIE PALLADINO) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more